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 aims to maximise opportunities for volunteers to support their local police.
Volunteers perform a range of roles in Devon and Cornwall and are fully integrated into the police family – and the force is always looking to develop new ways that maximise the use of volunteers’ time, skills, energy and commitment.
Devon and Cornwall also works in partnership with charities and voluntary groups across the two counties, on initiatives that help the police keep communities safe.
Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers and Community Police Cadets help the force provide a quality policing service to the people of Devon and Cornwall. Special Constables already help the force’s Roads Policing Unit and some have been trained to work with Police Support Units. However, the force aims to broaden the opportunities available to its Specials, including response policing and some specialist roles.
Police Support Volunteers currently assist with Community Speed Watch and Neighbourhood Watch and provide support for neighbourhood policing. The force will continue to expand the roles available to volunteers as it believes that volunteers help bring communities closer to policing.