Volunteering at this force
Leicestershire Police provides a policing service to the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 24-hours a day, 365-days of the year. The area covers over 2,500 square kilometres (over 965 square miles) and has a population of nearly one million. There is a rich diversity of communities, all with their own policing needs. The Force works proactively to plan operations and target criminals across the county and this is where their volunteers are vital.
Leicestershire has recruited more than 800 volunteers in three different classifications; Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers and Volunteer Police Cadets.
Over 300 Specials work a minimum of sixteen hours per month, helping the force tackle and prevent crime. The Special Constabulary has a hierarchy matching the Force, including the roles of Special Chief Inspector, Special Inspector and Special Sergeant.
The force has recruited over 200 Police Support Volunteers in over 40 different roles; they gain skills ranging from home security visits, to digital media recovery and biometric testing.
Their Volunteer Police Cadet Programme is going from strength to strength, and they now have eight units Force-wide and more than 300 Cadets.
Leicestershire Police is always looking to recruit more volunteers and create new roles tailored to the skills and interests of each applicant. Aside from tackling crime, their Specials, Volunteers and Cadets help the Force to engage with the wider community, and their contribution allows officers and staff to spend more time on their core policing priorities.
The Force celebrates the contribution that their volunteers make with an annual ‘Volunteers in Policing Awards Night’, to formally recognise the incredible work they do.
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