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 320 Specials, 805 Police Support Volunteers (including Community Speedwatch) and 230 Volunteer 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 Volunteer 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, Rural Crime Unit and specialist crime units. The force aims to broaden the opportunities available to its Specials, including neighbourhood policing and more specialist roles.
Police Support Volunteers currently assist with Community Speed Watch and Neighbourhood Watch Hubs and support for neighbourhood policing. The force has recently introduced volunteers in the areas of ‘Cyber,’ Diverse Community Teams, Wellness and Vehicles Checkers and Drivers. The force also works with Plymouth University utilising their students as police volunteers. The force continues to expand the roles available to volunteers as it believes that volunteers help bring communities closer to policing.