Scale: 500,000 volunteer hours a year
Kent Police were the first UK force to introduce Police Support Volunteers. Often working in administrative support or applying specialist skills, they are now a fully integrated level of support for many of our forces.
The foundation of the Police Support Volunteers model established a precedent for civilians entering the police force, which paved the way for the creation of Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) in 2002, who now total over 15,000. 32 of the 43 police forces in the UK have introduced Police Support Volunteers, deploying them in order to free up officers for more active operational work within the community.
Out of the office, from leading neighbourhood watch meetings to offering guidance as street pastors, volunteers now fulfil a number of policing roles within community-facing environments – making the most of their skills for a social good, whilst helping to support a key public service.