The Constabulary polices an area of 632 square miles with a population of well over a million and is divided into 10 Community Safety Partnerships. The mix of villages and towns, with some of the busiest roads in Europe places a variety of demands on the police. The county’s landscape is also diverse ranging from the urban borders of London to beautiful National Trust areas.
The Constabulary employs more than 3600 police officers and staff and volunteers are fully integrated into the workforce, with more than 300 Police Support Volunteers (PSVs), 250 Specials and 300 Police Cadets. Volunteer opportunities are available at Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City and at most police stations across the county. They have a dedicated team who match skills and location to a role which is suitable for each individual volunteer. They provide all the necessary training and continue to work with their volunteers to ensure they get the best out of their volunteering experience.
Hertfordshire Constabulary volunteers support more than 35 teams across the county and have contributed over 70,000 hours in the last year. The Constabulary takes an innovative approach when utilising volunteers. They are developing roles for Specials within specialist teams including the Roads Policing Unit and the Public Protection Unit. They have recently introduced PSVs into their Major Crime and Missing Persons Units. They have 11 Police Cadet units running across the county and they assist Safer Neighbourhood Teams with Community Reassurance Days, marshalling at events and leaflet drops providing crime prevention advice.
Volunteering is a key part of the force Operational Policing Plan, which sees the Constabulary continuing to invest in its volunteer schemes. It has ambitions to increase the number of volunteers in Hertfordshire, as well as developing new and interesting roles that will attract a diverse group of volunteers.