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Police Support Volunteers

Steered by the Neighbourhood Policing Programme, we aim 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 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 numbers 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 provides to the public through effective use of volunteers, reducing the fear of crime through greater community involvement.
  • Ensure that police volunteers are valued and recognised as an important part of the extended police family.

We want to promote and share your best practice ideas and would welcome the submission of documents relating to volunteer programmes. Please send your documents to the PSV mailbox.

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Special Constable and Police Support Volunteer Awards

The 2010 awards will take place on Thursday 17 June 2010, in Church House, Westminster.  The deadline completed nomination forms is Friday 12 March 2010.  Forces have already been informed about these awards. 

To view the letter sent to Chief Constables announcing the awards click here.  Also available is the nomination guidance and the nomination form.

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 principals that should be taken into account by any organisation that engages volunteers.  Read the Charter here.