Posted on 17th June 2014
Derbyshire Constabulary is opening its doors to volunteers who want to team up with their local officers and make a difference to policing in their community.
From Saturday, June 28, the force will be recruiting members of the public to take on a wide variety of responsibilities supporting police across the county.
Activities police are looking to fill range from organising warrants and heading out on the beat with offers in crime prevention campaigns.
The aim is to give people the chance to get involved with local policing and to help reduce the amount of time officers spend in the police station.
It has already been praised by volunteers and police alike after a year-long trial in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.
Members of the public interested in getting involved in the scheme will be able to put questions to the team behind it during an online surgery on Friday, June 20th.
Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton said: “Volunteers already play an important role in supporting the force through the Special Constabulary.
“Our Police Support Volunteers scheme will offer a wider variety of volunteering activities to members of the public which will assist us to maintain a high quality of service to the public of Derbyshire.
“We are introducing a number of volunteering opportunities at the launch which we will build upon over the coming years. The pilot scheme that we have run has demonstrated the value that volunteering brings, both in terms of freeing up officers’ and staff time and in giving members of the public the opportunity to support local policing by bringing new skills into the organisation.
“We are seeking to recruit volunteers across the county and I would encourage people to have a look at the volunteering activities on offer and register their interest.”
The recruitment campaign opens on Saturday, June 28 and people will be able to register their interest online at www.derbyshire.police.uk.
Officers will also be on hand on that date for the Police Experience at Derby’s Market Place, which ties in with the Inspiring Derby show being held in the city.
The Police Support Volunteers (PSV) scheme asks members of the public to contribute some of their free time to helping the constabulary to deliver a top quality service to the public.
Volunteers will team up with police officers, PCSOs, Special Constables and police staff to provide additional support.
This will allow the officers to maintain or increase their visibility out on the streets and free up time for them to protect the public and tackle crime.
PSVs will be able to claim for expenses and there are no minimum hours to complete – it is intended to be flexible to fit around the lifestyles of the volunteers themselves.
Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles, said the scheme would give people the chance to learn new skills and give something back to their community.
He said: “Volunteers play an important role within the police family, bringing a diversity of skills to our team.
“With such a wide variety of activities, there are numerous opportunities to make a difference.
“I’m keen to see more members of the public involved in policing as not only do they make a valuable contribution to community safety but they help us build new links with communities, which is something I wish to see developed still further.
“However, there is a clear principle that none of these volunteer activities will replace employees and all of the volunteering opportunities have been agreed the various staff representation groups.”
Anyone interested in becoming a Police Support Volunteer is invited to take part in the virtual surgery, which will be hosted at www.derbyshire.police.uk from 4pm to 6pm on Friday, June 20.
Officers will also be on hand to chat to people during the Inspiring Derby event, at Derby’s Market Place, throughout the day on Saturday, June 28.
A team of police officers and HR staff will be available during that time to answer any questions about the scheme.