If you have a little time to spare and would like to make a real contribution to the delivery of policing, you might want to consider becoming a volunteer. Our volunteers are members of the public who give up their spare time to get involved in one of the following:
Appropriate Adults safeguard the welfare and rights of children and vulnerable adults detained in police custody or interviewed by the police. To find out more visit www.appropriateadult.org.uk
Independent Custody Visiting Scheme
Independent custody visiting is a vital part of the work of the Office of the PCC in ensuring the police service is open and accountable to the people it serves. For more information click here.
Independent Residents' Panel
The PCC has recruited a selection of volunteers to be part of a scrutiny panel looking at police complaints and highlighting good practice. For more information about the panel click here.
Encouraging a greater diversity of candidates for directly elected roles is the vision behind a new scheme inviting local people to follow the PCC in her role. To find out more click here.
Scrutiny of Police Powers Panel
Local people from a diverse range of backgrounds who have an interest in policing are helping monitor the use of police powers. Find out more here.
Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel
The Panel independently scrutinises the use of Out of Court Disposals in response to national recommendations following concerns about their appropriate use. Find out more here.
For more information about any of the above volunteering schemes please email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also opportunities to volunteer within the police. Volunteering with the police provides you with an opportunity to work alongside police officers and staff, gaining valuable skills and experience within a professional and public organisation. It offers the opportunity to meet new people and work as part of a team, engage and interact with people from different communities and backgrounds whilst making a positive contribution to the local community.
You can see all the police volunteering opportunities across Avon and Somerset by clicking here.
You can also apply for the Special Constabulary.