Police Support Volunteers

The College aims to promote the use of volunteers across the UK's police services by sharing best practice.

These webpages provide a framework for volunteering in the police service and an overview of the issues that need to be considered when developing a volunteer programme. They bring together good practice and incorporate learning from forces that have established programmes of police support volunteer activity. 

We aim to:

  • Ensure that Police Support Volunteers are managed effectively, and are used to add value to, rather than replace, the work carried out by paid staff and officers.
  • Increase the number of people volunteering with the police, and the range of activities that they do.
  • Encourage, through volunteering, greater engagement with all of the diverse communities that the police serve.
  • Improve the service that the police provide to the public through effective use of volunteers, reducing the fear of crime through greater community involvement.
  • Ensure that Police Support Volunteers are valued and recognised as an important part of the extended police family.

Centre of Excellence

A concept has been developed for sharing expertise amongst police support volunteer practitioners. A list has been compiled of individuals with particular expertise in relation to aspects of police support volunteering. These individuals have agreed to answer queries relating to their area of expertise. Further information about the Centre of Excellence initiative is on the Police Support Volunteer community on POLKA. Please register for POLKA and join the Police Support Volunteer community if you have not already done so, at our POLKA site.  

Please note that the above POLKA community is intended primarily for Police Support Volunteer practitioners, with .PNN or .GSI email accounts. 

Volunteering England and Trade Union Congress Charter

A Charter for strengthening relations between paid employees and volunteers has been produced by Volunteering England and the Trade Union Congress. It details some core principles that should be taken into account by any organisation that engages volunteers. Read the Charter here.

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