Northamptonshire Police is a police service of 1220 police officers based in the East Midlands and is responsible for policing a population of 700,000, covering 913 square miles.
The Force is a strong supporter of volunteering and welcomes members of the public from all over the county who give up their time to help in the delivery of policing services. They currently have around 400 Special Constables, 50 Police Support Volunteers & 200 Emergency Services Cadets.
Volunteers carry out many different roles, within various departments across the Force such as the Safer Roads Team and the control room. Their Police Support Volunteers can contribute by carrying out roles as diverse as volunteers on horseback to mystery shoppers and administrators. Their Special Constables often work within the safer community or local response teams and the Emergency Services Cadets often assist safer community teams with pre-planned events or by hosting small crime prevention operations.
Northamptonshire Police is very focused on encouraging volunteers to learn new skills and to utilise their existing skills by integrating them with specialist units such as the domestic abuse response teams and pro-active policing teams. They also encourage their Special Constables to become involved with all aspects of policing including big events that take place within Northamptonshire, for example the Silverstone races and large football events.
Their team of volunteers makes a huge contribution in many different ways and contributed 145,000 hours in 2016. Their future focus is to further utilise the unique skills and abilities of their volunteers to even greater effect, allowing them to make a significant difference to their communities.