Police Support Volunteers, Special Constables and Volunteer Police Cadets are recruited from across the West Mercia policing area: they volunteer their skills and time to support West Mercia Police in their vision to protecting people from harm.
We offer a wide range of opportunities for our Police Support Volunteers, supporting all areas of policing. Examples of roles available include supporting our Safer Neighbourhood Teams by sending out crime alerts to members of the public, supporting our vehicle maintenance teams, providing follow up support to support to victims of crime and many more. We are very proud to be able to offer inclusive volunteering opportunities for members of our communities who have disabilities, our current projects include supporting the ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ Team and reinvigorating our garden areas and supporting with vehicle maintenance.
Special Constables are able to work across a variety of policing teams, including visible patrols, roads policing initiatives, investigating crime, arresting suspects, taking statements from witnesses, rural crime, PSU and tackling local issues. After initial training, West Mercia Police Special Constables are assigned to a tutor constable for approximately 9-12 months. During this time the Special Constable will complete a personal development portfolio which covers various aspects of policing. They are then signed off for independent patrol.
The Volunteer Cadet Scheme in the West Mercia Police operates in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and South & North Worcestershire, The Scheme provides young people with a practical understanding of policing and the chance to develop their spirit of adventure and good citizenship, while supporting local policing through volunteering, working with partner agencies and positively participating in their communities.