1. Police Support Volunteer FAQs

What does it mean to be a Police Support Volunteer?

Volunteers are members of the community who, following training, make an invaluable contribution by giving up their time in a diverse range of roles alongside police officers and police staff.

Our volunteer programme gives members of the public the opportunity to use their time and skills for the benefit of their communities and in a way that is interesting and enjoyable.

Tasks undertaken by volunteers are intended to support the work of police officers and police staff. Their valuable contribution is not in any way a substitute or an alternative for the work carried out by full and part-time staff.

What qualifications do I need?

Academic qualifications are not necessary, however it is essential you are honest, have integrity and possess basic numeracy and literacy skills. You will also have a positive and friendly approach towards the public, an ability to work in a team, together with a willingness to learn new skills.

What hours will I be expected to do?

Between two and four hours per week (averaged out over a 12 month period). The hours you actually do will be negotiated between yourself and the person identified as your main point of day to day contact.

Will I be insured?

Yes. Leicestershire Police has liability insurance cover.

Will I have to undergo a medical?

A full medical is not necessary. However, as part of the application process you will be required to complete a Self Declaration Form.

Only in certain circumstances, you will be required to see the police Occupational Health Nurse/Advisor to undertake a health and well-being screening check.

Will a Police Check be carried out on me?

Yes, the police will need to complete a check on both you and your immediate family. You will, at times, have access to confidential information and for this reason the checks are common practice.

Will I have to wear a uniform?

Where appropriate you will be issued with an uniform, which comprises a sweatshirt and/or T-shirt for Winter/Summer wear. This enables the general public to recognise that you are a police support volunteer.

You will also be issued with a Leicestershire Police identification badge.

What training will I receive to carry out the work?

Training is an important part of our volunteer programme.

On appointment, you will be expected to attend an induction event in order to brief you on certain expectations the Force places on all our staff.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to undertake the duties of a volunteer without completing the following elements of the training programme:

  • Data Protection
  • Health and Safety
  • Diversity (Equal Opportunities & Community & Race Relations)

Other elements of training available may include basic procedures such as: communications; including the use of radio and telephone; conflict management/diffusion; first aid (preservation of life) and instruction how to use/access the emergency and security equipment.

Will I be paid any expenses?

During your induction training, travelling expenses will be paid. Once induction is complete, then you will be reimbursed day to day travel to and from the police station or offices for your normal duty at the rate of 45p per mile. If you use public transport then the bus fare can be claimed. No claims can be made in respect of using a taxi or similar mode of transport.