Lincolnshire Police has a growing team of volunteers and recruits into a number of roles. The roles are Special Constable, Police Support Volunteer, Police Cadet and Volunteer Police Community Support Officer, which is a role unique to the force.
There are more than 160 Special Constables supporting regular officers to respond to incidents, patrol neighbourhoods, attend community events and help keep busy town centres safe at night. They make a significant contribution to combating rural and wildlife crime in a county where farming is big business.
Young people aged 13-18 years from all backgrounds can join one of the seven Cadet Corps located across the county. Cadets learn about the law and police procedures and take part in sporting and social activities. They undertake charitable and community projects and support police or multi-agency events or initiatives. Overall, the aim of the Cadet Corps is to support young people to make thoughtful choices and reach their full potential as good citizens.
Lincolnshire has over 200 Police Support Volunteers, many of whom support front-line policing. The roles are varied and include cleaning police vehicles, providing administrative support to teams and assisting with police officer training. There is also an award-winning team of ‘REVIVE’ volunteers who provide one –to-one support for vulnerable or elderly victims.
In 2014, Lincolnshire introduced an innovative volunteer role: the Volunteer Police Community Support Officer to complement the Police Community Support Officer role. They are based in towns and villages across the county, where they help deal with local issues and act as the eyes and ears of the police.