Who are volunteers?
All sorts of people volunteer, across a wide age range, with a variety of different backgrounds, skills and life experiences. Basically, a Volunteer is a non-uniformed member of staff who assists at police stations or administrative centres conducting a variety of roles.
The role of a Volunteer is designed to enhance the work of the police and provide additional support in the area where the Volunteer lives or works. This is even more crucial now with the introduction of Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs). NPTs are about local policing; police and partners working with the community, to identify and tackle issues of concern within your neighbourhood.
All Volunteers assist police and staff who are then able to concentrate on core policing duties. As a result there are more officers on the streets and improved community support.
Although you will not be paid a salary, your volunteering role should not leave you out of pocket. You can claim expenses for travelling to and from your place of duty.