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 Explorers, Community Volunteers, Student Guardians, and Safer Community Advocates.
Explorers are aged between 16 and 18 and learn about various aspects of policing, as well as having the chance to participate in neighbourhood policing deployments, public order training, or role-playing. The Student Guardians project is just one example of a successful partnership with local education providers to allow volunteering to link in to higher education. Student Guardians are students from local colleges who spend a period of time working with the police and the fire service to assist in a number of community projects.
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.