South Wales Police offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities.
The force sees volunteers as an essential part of the policing service it provides for local communities. It is looking to increase and strengthen its volunteer schemes and will be working alongside other local authorities, emergency services and charities to create further volunteering opportunities in the years ahead.
The South Wales Special Constabulary boasts more than 100 members who work alongside regular police officers to keep communities safe. The aim is to more than double the number of Specials working across the area.
Police Support Volunteers help the force in a variety of roles, including some specialist posts. They help Neighbourhood Policing Teams in dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour issues, for the benefit of local communities. South Wales Police has its own marching band – and 95% of its membership is Police Support Volunteers.
For younger people in South Wales, there is the Police Youth Volunteers scheme, which the force is looking to expand. There are also Police Student Volunteers, who work with the four main universities in South Wales to deliver crime prevention advice and work with local communities to create a safer environment not only for students but the general population too.
There are also Community Speedwatch schemes operating across the area, with volunteers coming from the local community and colleges of further education.