|Bedfordshire is a diverse county with a mix of urban and rural areas that includes the towns of Bedford and Luton, offering a wide variety of volunteering and employment opportunities. The Citizens in Policing Unit is responsible for the Special Constabulary, Police Support Volunteers, Volunteer Police Cadets, Community Watch Schemes and Student Internship Programmes.
We have several volunteering opportunities for all ages. Junior Police Squad introduces young people aged 9-11 to policing and crime prevention. Young people aged 13-15 can join our Cohesion Champions Programme that leads into our Volunteer Police cadet Programme for ages 15-18. This programme provides a practical understanding of police whilst inspiring young people to participate positively in their communities.
Those cadets that complete the 3-year programme are then eligible to join our Young Leaders Scheme and become assistant cadet instructors and leaders for the cadet units.
Bedfordshire is the only force to offer paid internships to university students and we accept applications from students at any UK university. The programmes are for Sandwich Placement years and are for 10 months Sep-June each year.
Police Support Volunteers (PSVs) provide practical and back office support to operational policing and their involvement has received much recognition. PSVs give their own time to help keep Bedfordshire safe and rewarded with the opportunity to develop their skills and be involved in making a difference to policing.
We have several opportunities available from being a part of an Independent Advisory Group to assisting within the Force Museum or the Signpost Hub which offers support to victims of crime.
Our Community Watch Schemes work directly with the public and our local policing teams to engage volunteers at neighbourhood level to participate in community initiatives to reduce crime and improve public confidence.
Special Constables are our volunteer police force and are an essential and integral part of the police family. Special Constables give their spare time to support our police force with some working as CID investigators and the specialist off road motorcycle team. Opportunities are varied and we recognise the skills and experience that the Special Constables bring to the force.