Volunteers in Northumbria Police play a key role in reassuring communities – and give the Force additional capacity to deliver quality policing services across the area.
Northumbria’s volunteers help the police engage with diverse communities and bring a range of skills and experience which help develop services.
Already, there are many ways in which volunteers can become involved with the work of Northumbria Police. However, the Force wants to increase opportunities for volunteering, to harness the ever-growing number of people who want to contribute to improving their community.
Volunteering opportunities include the Special Constabulary, which sees Specials working alongside regular officers in neighbourhood and response policing teams. There is a well-established Police Cadet scheme, where young people take part in a three-year scheme which develops their skills through a wide range of activities. There are also Community Speed Watch volunteers who assist with road safety in their local communities. We have also introduced the Mini Police for children with over 35 school in the North East region taking part.
Northumbria has developed further opportunities for volunteers. These include recruiting Police Support Volunteers to work in areas such as digital technology and Rural Crime Volunteers and creating new roles for Special Constables, so they can make a greater contribution by working alongside officers in specialist areas such as the Motor Patrols.
As well as our current commitment to give our police staff time to volunteer as a SC we are looking at providing time to volunteer in other roles within the force and externally within our local communities.