Durham Constabulary polices an area of more than 900 square miles, which includes County Durham and Darlington. Most of its residents live in rural areas but its population is increased by university students and the large numbers of people who visit the area each year. The force recognises the contribution that volunteers of all ages, and from all communities, can bring to local policing.
Children aged nine to 11 can join the Constabulary’s Mini Police. The scheme is aimed at introducing youngsters to the policing world in a way which is both fun and inspiring. As well as taking part in many activities, Mini Police get to help police officers at community events across the area.
Durham has a thriving Cadet programme, which offers places to three separate age groups. The Junior Volunteer Police Cadets is aimed at those aged 11 to 13 years; for 14 to 16-year-olds, there is the Intermediate Volunteer Police Cadets scheme; and it’s the Senior Volunteer Police Cadets for young people aged 16 to 18 years.
The majority of Durham’s Special Constables assist their regular colleagues by working in Response or Neighbourhood Policing Teams. The Special Constabulary has its own senior management structure and also offers its volunteers a number of specialist roles in roads and rural policing teams.
The Constabulary fully appreciates the extensive range of skills, experience and local knowledge that Police Support Volunteers can bring to the organisation. That is why volunteers can be found in a number of departments and units across the force including Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Professional Standards, Communications and the Dog Support Unit.