Police Support Volunteers
We Need You!
Becoming a Police Support Volunteer is an excellent opportunity to become involved with different aspects of policing and gain experience of Northamptonshire Police, whether you simply want to help your community or are interested in pursuing a career within the Police Service.
By volunteering with us you could play a vital role in helping us deliver and improve the service we provide to communities across Northamptonshire.
If you have some spare time we will be able to provide opportunities to help you develop yourself, learn new skills and make a difference in the communities.
Our growing numbers of volunteers complement our Police Officers and Staff and add value to the wider police service.
You will be fully supported in your role as a volunteer, and provided with the appropriate training and updates.
We welcome applications from all communities and are keen to diversify our workforce.
If you have any queries please contact our Specials & Volunteers Team.Email - firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone - 101 ext. 341118
How do volunteers help?
Our Volunteer roles are designed to enhance the work of our Officers and Staff and give additional support to local communities. They help Police Officers and Staff to concentrate on core policing duties, which means more Officers on the front line and improved community support.
What activities or roles do Volunteers do?
Opportunities and activities vary from one department to another according to the needs across the Force and in local communities.
Some of our roles are based within our community teams working with PCSOs and Officers, engaging with members of the public or contacting victims of anti-social behaviour.
Some of our volunteer roles are office based providing support and coordination for policing operations and teams such as, Safer Roads, Community Speedwatch, Crime and Traffic.
We also have volunteer roles in our more specialist departments including E-Forensics and the Dangerous Persons Management Unit.
How do I apply?
All of our voluntary roles are advertised on our E-Recruitment Site. Alternatively you can speak to a member of the Specials and Volunteers Team.
What are Volunteers?
As described by the Home Office a Volunteer is “someone who commits time and energy for the benefit of society, the community, environment and/or individuals, undertaking this freely and by choice, without concern for financial gain”.
A Police Support Volunteer is someone who performs voluntary tasks, at the direction and on behalf of the organisation, through personal choice.
Police Support Volunteers agree to do this without expectation of compensation or financial reward, except for the payment of pre-determined and agreed out of pocket expenses.
There is no obligation therefore when an individual agrees to take on a voluntary role, and no contract of employment is issued. Either party may cancel the voluntary agreement at any time.
All Volunteers are required to sign forms agreeing to the principles of the Data Protection Act and the Official Secrets Act.
Who can volunteer?
You must be over 18. Due to the nature of the Police Service some voluntary roles will require security checks to be completed.
You will be subject to the same criteria as our Police Staff, and as such your application may not be accepted if there is a conflict of interest in your professional or personal life.
As part of your application you are asked to disclose the nature of your employment, or details of any other voluntary work you do. There are some restrictions:
- Private detectives/agents
- Security officers, guards, door staff
- Members of private constabularies/employer's police forces
Will be considered:
- Warrant Officers
- Probation Officers
- Magistrates, clerks to justice, clerks to court
- Holders of liquor licenses, owners of licensed premises (liquor, gaming, betting)
- Civilian Detention Officers
- Custody Officers, Escort Officers
- Traffic Wardens
For volunteering opportunities in the Police and Crime Commission, please click here.
Vetting and why we need it
The police service is committed to maintaining the highest levels of honesty and integrity and to preventing corrupt, dishonest, unethical or unprofessional behaviour. Vetting helps support this, reducing the risks of unauthorised disclosure or loss of sensitive police information.
Public confidence in the police is crucial, particularly as we "police by consent." Public confidence in policing depends on officers, staff, specials and volunteers demonstrating the highest standards of personal and professional behaviour.
The public must have confidence that police vetting processes are effective in identifying those who might pose a risk to the community. The police service must also be alive to the threat from organised crime groups and others who might try to gain access to police systems and intelligence.
Vetting helps identify people who are unsuitable to work in the police service. This includes those who are unsuitable through criminal activity or association, those who have a clear lack of honesty and those who are financially vulnerable.
Vetting helps us maintain a healthy organisation.