Volunteers in Nottinghamshire Police cover a wide range of activities to help the police keep the county safe.
Police Support Volunteers usually give four hours per week of their time and are involved in many different areas of the force. They perform roles including administrative support for local policing teams, and they work in departments including Professional Standards, Fleet Support, Road Safety and Facilities. A large part of the Police Support Volunteer role is to engage with local communities, providing a visible presence in local communities.
Nottinghamshire’s Volunteer Police Cadet programme is proving very popular and is open to young people aged 13 to 16. They complete a three-year programme of policing activities and can then progress to become Senior Volunteer Police Cadets and complete a further two-year course. Cadets can attend a one-week residential summer school course at the University of Derby, which gives them an experience of student life and the confidence to apply for Higher Education courses. The force works in partnership with the university to deliver the Foundation in Policing qualification.
Special Constables in Nottinghamshire give some 4000 hours of their own time each month working with Neighbourhood Policing and Response Teams. The Force has created new opportunities for its Specials in specialist areas including rural policing, child sexual exploitation, fraud and officer training.