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Your local police force will have information on current volunteering opportunities in your area and you can visit a directory of all forces in the UK here.
What is Citizens in Policing?
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. These people give up their free time to volunteer in a variety of policing roles for various reasons. Chief Constable Lisa Winward, national lead for Citizens in Policing, said: “Having started my policing career as a Special Constable in 1993, volunteering is an area of policing that is very close to my heart and something I am deeply passionate about” “I have a clear understanding of the importance that volunteers play within policing culture, the benefits they bring and can identify with all of our volunteers who generously give up their own time to support policing and their local communities” “Nationally, Citizens in Policing has gone from strength to strength and I am looking forward to carrying on this work as we look to open up more opportunities for volunteers to use their valuable skills and experience” “The police service has a strong history of volunteering and the extent of their dedication and enthusiasm never ceases to amaze me” “I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteer colleagues and hope that this site provides a good insight to those who may be considering joining the policing family”
In 2016/2017, 11.9 million people formally volunteered on a monthly basis across the UK. In policing, around 12,000 special constables, 12,000 volunteer police cadets, 8,000 police support volunteers give up their time to support constabularies in creating safe communities. The benefits to policing include:
Whilst providing an invaluable service to policing, those volunteering also receive access to opportunities, skills and experiences like no other. It enables them to contribute to society, give back to their community and be part of a proud police family.
Start your career
Build your skills and CV
Spend more time socialising
Build your confidence
Give your community a voice
Improve your local area
Being a cadet involves attending a weekly session. For me it is a Thursday evening. Every week we have an input on law and once a month we have a sports night. Sometimes we have talks from officers or staff from policing areas such as the Dog Unit. We have visits to police departments such as the custody centre and we assist at local events such as the Suffolk show and music festivals.Amy Laidler, Police Cadet