Sussex Police serves the counties of East and West Sussex and the city of Brighton & Hove. Millions of visitors, holidaymakers, students and seasonal workers swell the resident population of 1.63 million people, and 39 million passengers travel through Gatwick Airport each year.
Sussex bases its volunteering work around the national Citizens in Policing Strategy and works with volunteers within the organisation and from partner groups to help keep the county safe.
330 Special Constables, 120 Police Support Volunteers and 180 Police Cadets make up the team who perform roles for the force and are directed, trained and supported by the Constabulary.
The Force also works with volunteers who have a role within communities but work separately and alongside the police, such as Watch groups, Street Angels and resilience drivers.
Finally, they work with volunteers who help design services connected to policing and delivered from other agencies. These include restorative justice volunteers, who work with victims and offenders to repair harm and find a positive way forward; independent advisory groups, which provide objective feedback on services and custody visitors.
The Force is looking to build on its current volunteer base and will be developing new, specific roles to support and enhance their service.