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Volunteers

If you have some spare time and want to give something back to your local community, consider the role of a volunteer with Staffordshire Police.

You can volunteer to work with us in many varied roles, including:

 

Special constables are volunteer police officers who play a vital role in our mission to create a safer Staffordshire.

Special constables have the same powers as Police Officers and often work together with other officers to reduce crime, help communities and provide investigative assistance.

Working as a special constable, you will have the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your local community.

Tasks include:

  • Responding to 999 calls
  • Foot and vehicle patrols
  • Working in schools to provide advice on safety and crime
  • Conduct house-to-house enquiries
  • Road safety initiatives
  • Present evidence in court
  • Ensure safety and security at public events
  • Offer crime prevent advice and promote Force initiatives

Dates/times of required availability
Times will be agreed, but you will need to complete a minimum of 200 hours annually, equating to 16 hours per month.

 

Role requirements

  • Must be 18 years old or over
  • Able to communicate effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Ability to handle unpredictable situations and take decisive action
  • Able to take initiative and work as a team

The role of a Community Engagement Support volunteer will assist Police Officers, PCSO's and members of Police Staff/Crime Commissioner Staff by supporting local events within the community.

Tasks include:

  • Distributing leaflets containing information regarding crime initiatives and local or Force wide information to residential addresses and business premises as required
  • Engage with the community whilst representing the Force at local events held within Police premises or at alternate venues
  • Support with the barrier at Police Headquarters to allow guests into Force led events and engage with guests as they enter the premises
  • Support departments throughout the Force when requested

 

Dates/times of required availability
Flexible with hours agreed by the Neighbourhood Policing Team and yourself.

 

Role requirements

  • Successful level 1 vetting
  • Willing to have an active involvement in community based tasks for a reasonable period of time
  • Demonstrate a good ability to retrieve and gather factual information and record information correctly
  • Learn and keep up-to-date with Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Force-led initiatives
  • A good level of physical fitness
  • Excellent communication skills

​The role of Custody Appropriate Adult is an important safeguarding service which provides independent support to detainees who may be vulnerable or living with mental health issues. Custody Appropriate Adults are there to assist the detainee to ensure they understand what is happening at the police station during the interview and investigative stages.

Note: the role will not require you to give any legal advice to the detainee. The purpose of the role is for you to be available to assist in addition to the current service provided by partner agencies.

Tasks include:

  • Giving support, assistance and advice to the detainee to ensure that all elements of the interview and investigative process are fully understood
  • Ensure that the police act fairly
  • Aid communication between the detainee, the police and others as required
  • Ensure that the detainee is given the opportunity to inform when they do not fully understand information or the process
  • Have knowledge and understanding around safeguarding and a willingness to undertake training internally at Staffordshire Police
  • Be responsible and accountable for achieving the highest possible standards within the role undertaken.

Dates/times of required availability
Weekdays, evenings and weekends on an ad hoc basis as and when required (personal availability will be requested).

Role requirements

  • Successful level 1 vetting
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to deal with detainees and police officers / staff members
  • Driving license is desirable for travel to and from facilities
  • Understanding of safeguarding

Help make a difference in your local community by helping to reduce the speed that motorists travel through their village or town.

Tasks include:

  • Identifying vehicles exceeding the speed limit using the provided handheld radar device
  • Logging those vehicle details onto a log sheet
  • Posting log sheets to be processed centrally by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership

 

Dates/times of required availability
Volunteers dictate when they will go out, for how long and at which of their chosen locations they will stand. Schemes can only operate in daylight hours and cannot be operational in the rain or snow.

 

Role requirements

  • A good level of fitness to carry any equipment required and the ability to stand for long periods of time in various temperatures
  • Any medical conditions must be disclosed when signing up and will be assessed prior to training

​Make a difference in your local community and join the Safer Neighbourhood Panel where you will be able to influence policing at the most local level in your community.

The panels shape local policing and community safety, and shine the spotlight on the work done by police in your area to ensure greater transparency and build public confidence.

Tasks include:

  • Analysing local crime data and challenging all elements of the local policing team
  • Produce a written report on Core Scrutiny Topics to agreed format for publication
  • Show knowledge of local issues in order to examine local performance and hold the local policing teams to account
  • Actively participate in meetings and small working groups
  • Provide regular feedback to local policing teams and other community safety forums
  • Assist in building of further community engagement opportunities
  • Review information and data from the Police and Crime Commissioner dashboard and other sources such as audit reports for summary presentation to panel meetings
  • Bring to the attention of the panel, specific issues of local concern that require performance review

 

Dates/times of required availability
4 formal meetings per annum, held quarterly.
2 hour meetings held at agreed times and locations.
Additional interim meetings, training and scrutiny meetings required on an ad hoc basis.

 

Role requirements

  • Successful non-police personnel vetting
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must live (or work) in the OPCC area and been a resident of the UK for at least two years
  • Able to demonstrate sufficient time and flexibility to carry out the role of a Safer Neighbourhood Panel member
  • To work with colleagues as part of a team to meet the OPCC's scrutiny programme
  • Effective communicator both orally and in writing
  • Able to communicate effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds in line with equal opportunities
  • Demonstrate an independent and impartial view in relation to all parties involved in the scrutiny and review process
  • Basic administrative ability to ensure forms are completed clearly and concisely
  • Basic experience of report writing - guidance is given on style
  • Basic computer experience

Independent Advisory Group (IAG) members act as a 'critical appraiser' who provide independent, supportive challenge to the Police, and who provide informed information back to their community on key police matters. IAG members are volunteers who aspire to represent themselves and their community, and who are not linked to the judiciary, or employed or substantially connected to the 'police family'.

IAG members will, ideally, have broad expertise and links with diverse communities, so that they can articulate a wide range of viewpoints both individually and as a group.

Tasks include:

  • Work constructively, both individually and as a team, to monitor, mentor and advice the Neighbourhood Police Leads on community Police matters
  • Listen to, reflect and advocate the diverse experiences of local communities
  • Ask probing and thought-provoking questions on behalf of communities, in order to be able to provide informed and insightful advice
  • Review police force policies on a regular basis to ensure they are relevant and up-to-date, and written in a way that is easily understood
  • Effectively and consistently contribute to the development of effective, consistent and constructive advice
  • Improve trust and confidence in Staffordshire Police and the service which it provides

 

Dates/times of required availability
Quarterly meetings will take place at Staffordshire Police Headquarters, lasting between two and three hours. Dates and times to be agreed between IAG members and the Senior Police Officer responsible for the IAG.

 

Role requirements

  • Successful level 1 vetting
  • Ability to understand, retrieve and gather factual information and record that information correctly
  • Good clear communication skills via telephone and in person
  • Actively participate in meetings, if required, around this work
  • Ability to work as part of a team and also individually on a specific task
  • Attend awareness training at Staffordshire Police Headquarters, to understand the background to the role being undertaken
  • Willing to attend ad hoc training sessions to increase knowledge and understanding around the area of business you will be involved in

 

Training
Initial training will take place at Staffordshire Police Headquarters. IAG members will be asked to attend quarterly meetings at Staffordshire Police HQ and would be required to work on an ad hoc basis from both HQ and various police stations throughout the County.

The role of Vehicle Fleet Support is to assist Police Officers and PCSO's at police stations with washing of vehicles on a flexible basis to suit your availability and the needs of the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Tasks include:

  • Clean the outside of vehicles using tools such as a jet washer, hose, bucket, sponge and cleaning products
  • Vacuuming and cleaning the interior of vehicles under the supervision of a member of police staff
  • Check the list supplied for items that should remain within the vehicle such as cones and flashing beacons that are in working order
  • Replace any faulty or missing equipment

 

Dates/times of required availability
Times will be agreed between you and the Neighbourhood Policing Team, depending on the demand at each location.

 

Role requirements

  • Successful NPPV level 2 vetting
  • A good level of fitness to carry any equipment required and the ability to stand and bend for periods of time to complete tasks
  • Ability to work methodically and show attention to detail
  • Good communication skills to raise any issues or queries

The role of Cadet Service Adult Volunteer supports Officers, PCSO's, Special Constables and Police Staff with the running of local Cadet Units on a weekly basis.

Tasks include:

  • Have responsibility over the Cadet Unit during their time within the organisation. Ensuring the development, wellbeing and safety of the Cadets
  • Integrate the Cadets into the Unit ensuring that their best qualities are realised and fully supported to reach their maximum potential
  • Undertake successful planning and day-to-day running of the unit, along with organising and establishing contacts for events
  • Deliver the National Volunteer Police Cadet Programme to young people with the aim to encompass the workings of the Police and our service partners
  • Intellectually and emotionally support the young people during classroom based learning and out at events to ensure learning needs are met
  • Understand and practice safeguarding procedures and have a willingness to undertake training internally within Staffordshire Police
  • Actively encourage young people to have the confidence to engage with their local communities and get involved in local events

Dates/times of required availability
One specified evening per week (dependent on availability).
18:30 - 21:00 and occasional other evening/weekend activities on an ad hoc basis

Role requirements

  • Successful DBS checks
  • Successful level 1 force vetting process
  • Must have good communications and interpersonal skills in order to enable you to deal with young people aged between 13-17
  • A good level of physical fitness to engage in activities
  • Expected that the volunteer will hold or work towards a First Aid Qualification

Become the eyes and ears of the rural community. Working alongside Staffordshire Police, you will be gathering on-the-ground intelligence to help prevent crime in rural areas. You will help share important crime prevention messages amongst the community, using your contacts and networks to spread the word.

The safer streets fund aims to reduce neighbourhood crime, making residents safer and reducing the demand on the police.

The Safer Streets Police Support Volunteer role gives the opportunity for local residents to make a difference in their own community buy talking to neighbours and helping them have a voice and be heard.

Working as a Volunteer you can expect to:

  • Make a difference and keep your local community safe.
  • Work as part of a team and meet new people.
  • Gain experience and skills to boost your CV.

How to Become a Volunteer

Volunteers can improve interaction between the police and the local community, and can help us to create sustainable and evolving links with them.

If you are interested in volunteering, please register your interest using our expression of interest form or email volunteers@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk and we will be in touch.

 

Qualifications

Generally, you don’t need any specific qualifications for our Volunteer roles. The one exception is Special Constables – visit the Special Constable page for more information on this role.

 

Skills and experience

We need people who are:

  • Keen to learn new things and undergo relevant training.
  • Community focussed and want to make a difference in their local area.
  • Happy to work as part of a team to achieve aims and objectives.

Frequently asked questions

You will gain new experiences and will be assisting Police Officers, Special Constables or Staff member which will give you an insight into how the police service works. It will allow you to develop your skills in areas such as communication, being part of a team and have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping the Staffordshire Community.

All Police Support Volunteers will receive induction training on joining the organisation. The induction will brief you on certain expectations the Force place on all our staff and will cover data protection, health and safety and diversity. You will also receive induvial training for the specific role you are applying for and continued support will be provided throughout your time as a volunteer.

Academic qualifications are not necessary, however it is essential you are honest, have integrity and possess basic numeracy and literacy skills. You will also have a positive ad friendly approach towards the public, an ability to work in a team, together with a willingness to learn new skills.

The hours are flexible and can vary according to the role. We will seek to adapt hours to suit the individual person and their other commitments where possible.

Your volunteering role should not leave you out of pocket and you’ll be able to claim expenses for travelling to and from your place of duty.

Some role will be issued with a uniform where appropriate. All volunteers will be provided with an ID card to that enables the general public to recognise that you are a police support volunteer.

We aim to process your application as quickly as possible and keep you updated as appropriate. However, the process is complex and the time taken to complete it can vary. We aim to have the full recruitment process from submission of an application to appointment completed between two and three months.

Some minor criminal records will not stop you from joining Staffordshire Police as a volunteer but you must declare any convictions/cautions when you apply, even if it was a juvenile offence. Each application is considered on its own merits and against strict Home Office guidance.

We accept volunteer applications from outside the area but we do ask you to consider how far you travel as we will not pay expenses outside the force area.