29/06/2016

Do You Have A Few Hours To Spare Each Month? Force To Offer Volunteering Opportunities

Local people who want to make a difference in their community will soon be able to apply for a volunteering role in the force.

Cleveland Police hopes to take on a number of people across four different volunteering roles after it advertises in a few weeks’ time:

  • Independent Advisory Group (IAG) Administrator Volunteer to provide administrative support to the IAG by coordinating meetings and ensuring the professional delivery of IAG duties and objectives.
  • Duty Support Volunteers will undertake general tasks across the force, with successful applicants’ duties ranging from calibrating breathalysers, to social media, Police National Database enquiries and property administration.
  • Community Support Volunteers will support police officers and PCSOs and duties could include helping with crime prevention campaigns, school liaison and engaging with hard to reach groups.
  • Finally, Vehicle Checking Volunteers will help check the force’s fleet is well maintained.  They’ll also ensure equipment - from spare tyres to sirens and first aid kits to fire extinguishers - is in good working order. They may also be called on to help with cycle maintenance!

PCC Barry Coppinger said: “Volunteering offers the chance for local people to become more involved with their police force, to see how it operates and to make a real difference.

“Successful applicants can expect a very challenging, meaningful and rewarding experience.
 
“Not only will they pick up new skills, but I fully expect they themselves will bring valuable skills to Cleveland Police so both parties can only benefit. 

Head of Volunteers Richard Baldwin, who will co-ordinate and support the volunteers, added: “Volunteering is a fantastic way of getting involved and as a volunteer myself, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

“If people want to learn more about how policing works, and feel they have time to support their community I would strongly encourage them to enquire and discuss how they might become involved.”