The roles performed by PSVs vary hugely within and between police forces. They can work within all departments, subject to relevant vetting, and can assist with a wide variety of tasks.
Some PSVs respond to advertised vacancies to fill a requirement of the force, while others proactively approach their local constabulary to offer their help through the donation of their time, skills and expertise.
Roles can be created based on the skills and time the individuals have to give, and all volunteers are supported and developed by dedicated volunteering teams. Training is provided and long-term career pathways are available, in roles which are rewarded and recognised.
Just some of the duties carried out by PSVs include:
- Manning police station front counters
- General administrative work
- Role playing for officer and staff training
- Skilled, professional work in areas such as social media and marketing
- Vehicle maintenance
- Criminal investigation support
- Updating victims and witnesses
- CCTV monitoring
And much, much more.
There is no minimum hour requirement, but volunteer teams work with PSVs to ensure the role gives the maximum impact, and hours are discussed during the application process.
Why become a PSV?
Volunteering provides an opportunity to do something worthwhile with your spare time, making a real difference to your local police force and to your community.
It allows you to become involved with policing and to be part of the policing family, which has the needs and interests of communities at its heart. It allows you to engage and interact with people from all backgrounds, whilst making a positive contribution to your area.
PSVs learn new skills whilst sharing and enhancing those they already have. They gain a deep insight into the fascinating world of law and order, whilst enhancing their CV by being part of a professional, public-focused organisation.
Who can apply?
Anyone over the age of 16 can apply to be a PSV. Volunteers come from all walks of life, each bringing their own skills and specialisms.
All applicants must be vetted as they will be directly supporting officers and staff in their roles.
Many police forces welcome university students who are required to spend a year in industry, and can offer unique experiences in a range of business areas.
Each police force advertises roles for which they need voluntary support, but if you have a skill set that you wish to offer the police, contact them to see how they can create a role to maximise the skills you have.
PSVs are representative of the communities in which they work and every force strives to reflect this in their workforce.