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Police Forces in England and Wales

There is a police force covering every geographical area of England and Wales. Some of these forces cover miles of rural landscape, while others are more densely populated and home to some of the UK’s major towns and cities – with each force providing volunteers with a unique insight into policing.

Use the links below to find out more about your local force and the volunteering opportunities available to you.

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North Wales Police

There are three types of volunteers at North Wales Police – Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers and Cadets, who often work alongside each other in a team approach. Becoming a volunteer within North Wales Police is an excellent opportunity...

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Gwent Police

Gwent Police delivers its services through two Local Policing Areas aligned to five local authorities.  The Force covers 15542 km with a population of over 576,700 people which has grown significantly over the last ten years.  The county is...

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Dyfed Powys Police

Dyfed-Powys is geographically the largest police area in England and Wales, covering 52% of the landmass of Wales and serving the four counties of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, and Powys. The area is predominately rural and has a vibrant tourist...

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Nottinghamshire Constabulary

Volunteers in Nottinghamshire Police cover a wide range of activities to help the police keep the county safe. Police Support Volunteers usually give four hours per week of their time and are involved in many different areas of the...

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Derbyshire Police

Derbyshire is an economically, culturally and ethnically diverse county, with a population of more than one million people. The county ranges from the vibrant city of Derby to former mining communities and the moorlands of the Peak District National...

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Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Police serves a diverse and wide reaching area, including Somerset and the county that used to be known as Avon. It is a mixture of rural and urban areas and includes the cities of Bristol and...

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Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police takes pride in the wide range of opportunities it offers volunteers. More than 1000 volunteers are part of the police family in Bedfordshire, and there is a wide range of roles available for adults and young people...

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Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Cambridgeshire Constabulary aims to make volunteering a rewarding, challenging and positive experience, working as part of team committed to making a difference. The Constabulary recognises and values the contribution volunteers can make to support the delivery of policing. It...

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Cheshire Constabulary

Volunteering opportunities within Cheshire Constabulary provide exciting and rewarding ways to support Police Officers and Police Staff in making safer communities across the county. There are a number of ways to get involved and become a part of their...

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City of London Police

City of London police has approximately 40 Special Constables and a number of volunteers with specialist skills who assist them with particularly complex fraud and financial crime cases.

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Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police offers local people three ways of getting involved with their local force through volunteering: the Special Constabulary, Police Support Volunteers and Police Cadets. The force has had Specials for many years and is always looking to recruit...

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Cumbria Constabulary

The role of the volunteer is developing continuously at Cumbria Constabulary – with increasing opportunities to work either on the front-line or in vital support service teams. Under the banner of the Constabulary’s ‘Citizens in Policing’ programme, Special Constables...

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Devon & Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall is the second largest geographic police force in England and Wales and is a mix of coastal, rural and urban communities.  The force has 450 Specials, 500 Police Support Volunteers and 300 Community Police Cadets and...

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Dorset Police

Volunteers in Dorset Police play a significant role in keeping their local communities safe. They are a crucial element of the Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs), which see the police working with partners to identify and tackle the concerns of...

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Durham Constabulary

Durham Constabulary polices an area of more than 900 square miles, which includes County Durham and Darlington. Most of its residents live in rural areas but its population is increased by university students and the large numbers of people...

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Essex Police

Essex Police has numerous opportunities for members of the public to volunteer, including the Special Constabulary, Police Cadets, Active Citizens, Essex Watch and the Community Accreditation Scheme. The Special Constabulary contributed approximately 10,000 hours to the communities of Essex...

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Gloucestershire Constabulary

Gloucestershire Constabulary has around 200 voluntary members including Special Constables, Cadets and Police Support Volunteers. Within the Constabulary there are 121 Special Constables, and the force looks to increase that number to 310 by 2019. Over the course of...

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Greater Manchester Police

GMP serves all communities across Greater Manchester.  Every year they handle around 2.5 million calls from an area of around 500 square miles from Stockport in the South to Bury, Rochdale and Oldham in the North and East. Through...

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Hampshire Constabulary

Hampshire Constabulary has a rich and diverse profile of around 1000 volunteers, all giving up their time to help police and support local communities. They have specific volunteering opportunities for children and young people including Cadets, Student Watch, which...

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Hertfordshire Constabulary

The Constabulary polices an area of 632 square miles with a population of well over a million and is divided into 10 Community Safety Partnerships. The mix of villages and towns, with some of the busiest roads in Europe...

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Humberside Police

Humberside Police provides policing services to the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. The force area covers 1,357 square miles with approximately 133 miles of coastline in the east of England. Volunteering within the...

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Kent Police

Kent Police offers a wide range of opportunities for volunteers to get involved in policing across the county. Volunteers can join the county’s Special Constabulary, get involved with their local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme or give up their time to...

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Lancashire Constabulary

Volunteers in Lancashire Constabulary play a significant role in reassuring communities while helping to promote social responsibility. They work with volunteers from other public services which form the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership helping to reduce vulnerability and keep people safe...

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Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police provides a policing service to the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 24-hours a day, 365-days of the year. The area covers over 2,500 square kilometres (over 965 square miles) and has a population of nearly one...

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Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire Police has a growing team of volunteers and recruits into a number of roles. The roles are Special Constable, Police Support Volunteer, Police Cadet and Volunteer Police Community Support Officer, which is a role unique to the force....

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Merseyside Police

Volunteering opportunities at Merseyside Police are wide ranging and offer something for every member of the community.  A large number of volunteers give up their time to support the force, and their ambition is to increase this number, welcoming...

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Metropolitan Police Service

London covers 620 square miles and is home to millions of people speaking over 300 different languages. Policing the capital presents an ever-changing challenge for the Metropolitan Police Service when working to reduce crime and the fear of crime....

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Norfolk Constabulary

Norfolk Constabulary polices an area of more than 2000 square miles, including 100 miles of coastline. The county is home to the city of Norwich and its main towns include King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth. However, the county is...

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North Yorkshire Police

Volunteers in North Yorkshire Police are overseen by the Citizens in Policing Team, which is responsible for their recruitment, training, management and deployment. The team manages the Special Constabulary, Police Cadets, Police Support Volunteers as well as having responsibility...

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Northamptonshire Police

Northamptonshire Police is a police service of 1220 police officers based in the East Midlands and is responsible for policing a population of 700,000, covering 913 square miles. The Force is a strong supporter of volunteering and welcomes members...

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Northumbria Police

Volunteers in Northumbria Police play a key role in reassuring communities – and give the Force additional capacity to deliver quality policing services across the area. Northumbria’s volunteers help the police engage with diverse communities and bring a range...

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South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire offers a range of opportunities for people of all ages to volunteer to help keep their community safe. The Special Constabulary gives volunteers the chance to learn about policing on the frontline and gain new skills while...

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Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police covers a diverse area which has both urban and rural communities. There are more than 250 Special Constables helping to keep Staffordshire safe.  Some support their police officer colleagues in carrying out patrols in communities across the...

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Suffolk Constabulary

Suffolk Constabulary polices a population of more than 700,000 people living in a largely rural area. It has a coastline which stretches from the resort of Lowestoft in the north of the county, down to Felixstowe in the south,...

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Surrey Police

Surrey Police serves a population of 1.15 million covering an area of 642 square miles and is the most densely populated county in the south east of England. Surrey’s roads carry almost double the national average amount of traffic...

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Sussex Police

Sussex Police serves the counties of East and West Sussex and the city of Brighton & Hove. Millions of visitors, holidaymakers, students and seasonal workers swell the resident population of 1.63 million people, and 39 million passengers travel through...

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Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police covers the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The police force area covers 2,216 square miles in the south east of England.  The resident population is ethnically diverse and is increased by university students and the...

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Warwickshire Police

Warwickshire Police has strong links to the voluntary sector, and members of the public volunteer their time and skills in a number of different roles within the force, such as Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers and Police Cadets. Police...

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West Mercia Police

Police Support Volunteers, Special Constables and Police Cadets are recruited from across the West Mercia policing area: they volunteer their skills and time to help police the streets in their communities, protecting people from harm. Police Support Volunteers assist...

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West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police has launched the WMP2020 transformation programme, founded on the nine Peelian principles from 1829 and their ambition is to bring these values to life in 21st Century policing. One of the core Peelian principles is – ‘the...

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West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police is the fourth largest police service in the UK. It serves approximately 2.2 million people living in five metropolitan districts of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, across an area of some 2000 square kilometres or 780...

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Wiltshire Police

Volunteers in Wiltshire Police play a key role, bringing experience and skills from business and industry, along with local knowledge. Volunteer roles within the Force include Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers and Police Cadets. The Special Constabulary is an...

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British Transport Police

When people travel to major events on the railways, British Transport Police Special Constables help to keep them safe.

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South Wales Police

South Wales Police offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities. The force sees volunteers as an essential part of the policing service it provides for local communities. It is looking to increase and strengthen its volunteer schemes and will...

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