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 local residents.
The efforts of volunteers allow frontline officers to concentrate on core policing duties, which means there is more opportunity for them to spend time on the streets and in the community.
A wide range of people volunteer in Dorset. Whether they are in education, have a job or are retired, they all share a common purpose: to help their local community.
Dorset’s volunteers help the Force with a range of activities, from monitoring CCTV in the town centre to helping out at Public Contact Points, which are based in locations such as libraries across the county and offer online police services, 101 telephone access and crime prevention information.
Volunteers play a key role in keeping people informed when they report something suspicious by phoning them back to let them know the result of their call. They also help at public engagement events.
Above all, they help the police work more effectively with local communities, help provide reassurance, assist in building public confidence – and play a crucial role in keeping the county safe.