Mentor scheme: call for volunteers

Officers and staff can volunteer to help colleagues in new College of Policing initiative

​Police officers and staff can volunteer to mentor colleagues through membership of the College of Policing.

Ahead of the launch of the new membership platform later this year, work is ongoing to ensure members will have access to online resources and services, including career development.

As part of this, the College is looking for volunteers to take on a mentoring role to support colleagues with their personal development and career progression.

Individuals at all levels can benefit from mentoring so there is no requirement for mentors to be in a specific role or rank. 

The scheme is designed to be accessed by members who can select from a list of mentors, depending on specialty or location, and contact them directly to discuss further.

Head of Membership, Fiona Eldridge, said: "Mentoring is a great way for policing practitioners to develop by establishing a working relationship with someone with more experience and knowledge. It's a win-win – mentors can enrich and progress their own skills by helping others, and mentees benefit from their experience.

"As the professional body for policing, providing clear opportunities for officers and staff to develop on a personal and professional basis is a cornerstone of our offer, and mentoring is a valuable part of that. All you need is an interest in supporting a colleague and a willingness to spend time with them.

"Our new dedicated website for members will be launching soon. For now, we're still accepting pre-membership on the Members' Hub in POLKA."

Anybody interested can fill in an expression of interest form through the Members' Hub.

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