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Volunteering at this force

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 Bath.

The Constabulary is proudly served by over 1700 volunteers, working as Cadets, Police Support Volunteers and Special Constables.  Together they assist regular officers and staff in providing a round the clock service to communities across the region.

Young people are an important part of the volunteering team with 270 Cadets aged 14-17 enrolled across 10 units, who all spend time learning about policing and supporting local neighbourhoods. The scheme is extremely popular with many of the units holding waiting lists for people keen to join.

Avon and Somerset’s Special Constabulary is made up of some 350 Special Constables, aligned to both uniformed teams and specialist units. They are led by a Special Chief Officer and have a rank structure including Special Superintendents, Special Chief Inspectors, Special Inspectors and Special Sergeants.

Almost 300 members of the public give up their time to work as Police Support Volunteers, undertaking a wide variety of support roles from Flood Road Closure volunteers to Viper Chaperones, who help identify suspects through video imagery. In addition, almost 800 Community SpeedWatch volunteers help to police the area’s roads, with around 1600 SpeedWatch sessions taking place in 2016.

The contribution made by the Constabulary’s volunteers is significant, with figures showing that in 2016, over 72,000 hours were recorded by Special Constables, over 7,000 by Cadets and nearly 10,000 by Police Support Volunteers.

Under the leadership of Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cullen, Avon and Somerset’s team of dedicated coordinators is developing a strategy to ensure that the work contributed by their volunteers helps the Constabulary achieve its organisational aims.

 

 

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Latest vacancies with this force

Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme Support Role (Taunton)

Taunton

About

Do you want to make a difference and help to shape the lives of...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Organisational Skills, Working with Young People,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Organisational Skills, Time Management, Working as a Team, Workplace Skills,

Volunteer Police Cadet Leader (Taunton)

Taunton

About

Do you want to make a difference and help to shape the lives of...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Working with Young People,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Organisational Skills, The ability to remain calm under pressure, Working as a Team,

CCTV Volunteer (Somerset West)

Minehead

About

Main Duties: Based at the Minehead Town CCTV Office within the police station To ensure...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Independent Working,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Independence, Workplace Skills,

Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme Support Role (Street)

Street

About

Do you want to make a difference and help to shape the lives of...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Working with Young People,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Self Confidence, Teaching Others, Working as a Team,

Volunteer Police Cadet Leader (Street)

Street

About

Do you want to make a difference and help to shape the lives of...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Working with Young People,

Skills Gained

Decision Making, Self Confidence, Teaching Others, The ability to remain calm under pressure, Working as a Team, Workplace Skills,

Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme Support

Weston Super Mare

About

Do you want to make a difference and help to shape the lives of...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Organisational Skills, Working with Young People,

Skills Gained

Computer Skills, Organisational Skills, Planning Skills, Time Management,

Volunteer Police Cadet Leader (WSM)

Weston Super Mare

About

Do you want to make a difference and help to shape the lives of...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Working with Young People,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Organisational Skills, Self Confidence, Teaching Others, Working as a Team,

Volunteer Open Source Developer (.NET)

Portishead

About

ESiBS is a web based product for volunteer management and communications, used by a...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Computer Skills,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Database Training, IT Training, Self Confidence, Teaching Others, Working as a Team,

Vehicle Maintenance Volunteer (North Somerset)

Weston Super Mare

About

Volunteering for Avon and Somerset provides you with an opportunity to work alongside police officers and...

Skills Required

Driving Skills, Vehicle Maintenance Skills,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Workplace Skills,

History and Heritage Volunteer

North Somerset

About

Do you have an interest in history ? We have an exciting opportunity for...

Skills Required

Computer Skills, Organisational Skills,

Skills Gained

Computer Skills, IT Training, Organisational Skills, Presentation Skills, Self Confidence, Teaching Others,

Local Policing Support Volunteer

Avon and Somerset

About

Volunteering with Avon and Somerset provides an opportunity to work alongside police officers and staff, gaining valuable...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Computer Skills,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Self Confidence, The ability to remain calm under pressure, Working as a Team,

Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme Support Role (Hartcliffe)

Bristol

About

Do you want to make a difference and help to shape the lives of...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Organisational Skills, Working with Young People,

Skills Gained

Computer Skills, Organisational Skills, Planning Skills, Self Confidence, Time Management,

Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme Support Role (Central Bristol)

Bristol

About

Do you want to make a difference and help to shape the lives of...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Organisational Skills, Working with Young People,

Skills Gained

Computer Skills, Organisational Skills, Planning Skills, Time Management,

Volunteer Police Cadet Leader (Hartcliffe)

Bristol

About

Do you want to make a difference and help to shape the lives of...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Working with Young People,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Decision Making, Self Confidence, Teaching Others, Working as a Team, Workplace Skills,

Volunteer Police Cadet Leader (Central Bristol)

Bristol

About

Do you want to make a difference and help to shape the lives of...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Working with Young People,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Decision Making, Self Confidence, Teaching Others, Working as a Team, Workplace Skills,

Local Policing Support Volunteer (Broadbury Road)

Bristol

About

Volunteering with Avon and Somerset provides an opportunity to work alongside police officers and staff, gaining valuable...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Computer Skills,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Self Confidence, The ability to remain calm under pressure, Working as a Team,

Avon and Somerset Police Cadets

Avon and Somerset, Forcewide

About

Aged between 13 and 18-years-old and want to know more about policing? Then Police...

Video Indentification Procedure Electronic Recording (VIPER) Volunteer

Avon and Somerset

About

Meet and greet victims/witnesses attending the police station for VIPER viewings. Experience in dealing...

Skills Required

Communication Skills,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Specialist Training, Working as a Team,

District Volunteer Co-ordinator

Avon and Somerset

About

To assist with record keeping of our volunteers, where they are based and how...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Organisational Skills, Planning Skills,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Planning Skills,

Vehicle Maintenance Volunteer

Weston Super Mare

About

• Maintain vehicles in a clean and ready for use condition. • Undertake routine vehicle / equipment...

Skills Required

Driving Skills, Independent Working, Vehicle Maintenance Skills,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Specialist Training, Working as a Team,

History and Heritage Volunteer

Portishead

About

• Retrieve photographs, documents and artefacts from different locations, catalogue, label and store • Identify special sets...

Skills Required

Analytical Skills, Computer Skills, Organisational Skills, Research Skills,

Skills Gained

Computer Skills, Organisational Skills, Promotional Skills, Specialist Training,

Visitor Guide (HQ)

Portishead

About

• To coordinate group visits (approx. 10-15 visitors) to our Communications Centre based at Police...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Organisational Skills,

Skills Gained

Organisational Skills, Planning Skills, Working as a Team,

Special Constable Recruitment Assessor

Avon, Bridgewater, Patchway, Portishead

About

• Facilitating and assisting with familiarisation events in local areas • Conducting interviews and administering situational judgment test...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Independent Working,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Management Skills, Organisational Skills,

Avon and Somerset Constabulary – Special Constable

Avon and Somerset, Forcewide

About

Special constables are volunteer police officers, who come from all walks of life. You...

Skills Gained

Specialist Training,

Police Cadet Scheme Support Role

Avon and Somerset, Forcewide

About

• Assisting with the administration associated with recruiting cadets to the scheme. • Collect money and maintain...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Financial Skills, Organisational Skills, Team Work,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Specialist Training,

Police Cadet Leader

Avon and Somerset, Forcewide

About

• Support the volunteer Police Cadet units by the day to day management of the...

Skills Required

Communication Skills, Leadership Skills, Management Skills,

Skills Gained

Communication Skills, Management Skills, Planning Skills, Specialist Training,

In early 2016, anti-social behaviour became a large scale issue in areas of South Gloucestershire. Every Friday and Saturday night, many calls were taken from residents reporting large groups of young people causing a nuisance which was escalating into crime and disorder. With the issue scoring highest on the Threat, Harm and Risk Matrix for the entire Force it required immediate action.

Operation Chilly – Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour – Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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