West Yorkshire Police is the fourth largest police service in the UK. It serves approximately 2.2 million people living in five metropolitan districts of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, across an area of some 2000 square kilometres or 780 square miles.
There are many varied and rewarding volunteering roles within West Yorkshire. Their volunteers consist of Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers and Police Cadets, as well as 999 Community Volunteers, which is a volunteering scheme in conjunction with West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service to assist in a number of community projects.
Cadets are aged between 13 and 18, who learn about various aspects of policing and drill during a 2 year scheme based in the community. They have the chance to participate in neighbourhood policing deployments and complete the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Special Constables work alongside regular officers in the majority of their front line roles including specialist departments such as public order, Roads Policing, Safeguarding and Investigation Teams. They are trained and equipped to respond to almost every policing need, including public order tactics and emergency response driving.
All these volunteers work across the force area, every day, to assist police officers and staff. They support their communities, represent their communities and help police to deliver services that are crucial to safer communities.