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The different volunteering roles or opportunities you can take in policing:
The special constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who work with and support their local police. 'Specials', as special constables are known, come from all walks of life - they are teachers, taxi drivers, accountants and secretaries, or any number of other careers - and they all volunteer a minimum of four hours a week to their local police force, forming a vital link between the regular (full-time) police and the local community.
Once special constables have completed their training, they have the same powers as regular officers and wear a similar uniform.
PSVs are citizen volunteers who give their time freely to perform tasks which complement the duties performed by police officers and staff. This helps free up officers and staff to perform key operational duties.
Volunteer roles range from providing front counter services and administration to following up crime reports and incidents with members of the public.
These volunteer roles provide significant benefits to the Police Service and to local communities.
Street pastors provide an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue.
A Street Pastor is a Church leader/minister or member with a concern for society - in particular young people who feel themselves to be excluded and marginalised - and who is willing to engage with people.
Victim support is a national charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Victim support also speaks out as a national voice for victims and witnesses and campaigns for change.
Victim support is built on the dedication of its volunteers. Volunteers outnumber employees by nearly four to one.
Citizens in Policing is the term used to describe the thousands of people across the UK who give up their time to support the police.
The role of citizens in policing is vital – volunteers increase the capacity of our constabularies, bringing valuable skills and expertise to police teams, creating closer and more effective relationships with our communities.