Police Service Volunteers

The Police Volunteer support scheme was first established in Humberside Police in April 2008 to promote community involvement in policing through volunteering.

Individuals from the community were encouraged to become volunteers with Humberside Police and use their skills, experience and knowledge to support Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers, Special Constables and support staff.

There are now dedicated teams of volunteers across the Humberside Police area undertaking specific tasks assisting Humberside Police in the achievement of its targets, its local policing priorities and increasing community involvement.

Since the scheme’s inception in 2008, volunteers have given to date nearly 90,000 hours of voluntary assistance, building important links between the police, and their own communities by providing opportunities for individuals to make a positive contribution to their local area. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, with different experiences and skills which enhance the work of the police.

Volunteers who offer their time and effort to Humberside Police are now set to wear two hats as their services are shared in partnership with Humberside Fire and Rescue. Volunteers currently working for the police will also be utilised by the fire service, assisting them with delivering, developing and supporting some of their key areas of business. The volunteers will be involved in a variety of work including home and fire safety support, engaging with local communities at events, administrative tasks and undertaking role playing activities.

Volunteers are used to assist and enhance and never used to replace paid members of staff.  

What do volunteers assist with?

Here are some of the areas our Volunteers assist in within Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue.


  • Administrative support
  • Diversity / Community Engagement
  • Recruitment event assistance
  • Crime Prevention / Fire Safety
  • Role Player

And there are many more…….

What qualifications do I need? 

You do not need any formal qualifications; we will match skills and abilities to available roles.

How old do I have to be to apply? 

You can apply to be a volunteer once you are 16 and have left secondary education, there is no upper age limit.

Will I receive expenses? 

Whilst unpaid, volunteering shouldn’t leave volunteers out of pocket, otherwise it can be difficult to involve a diverse range of people. You can claim expenses for travelling to and from your placement and we will reimburse a volunteer for all other expenses they incur whilst volunteering, if it is relevant to their task. 

Are there any residency rules? 

You will need to have lived in the UK for 3 years and over to be eligible to apply

Application process

To apply to be a Police Volunteer please click here

Once your application is received it will be checked to see if you meet the requirements needed.  If all is correct you will then be invited to an interview.  If successful at interview we will then progress your application further.

At this stage in the process we ask for Force Vetting Checks and Medical form completion, and request 2 references from people that have known you for at least 2 years.

Once these processes are completed you will be contacted and we will then discuss your skills and interests and a suitable placement will be arranged with an induction.

Once you become a Volunteer, training will be given specific to the role.  There may be requirements and opportunities for additional training throughout your service as a Volunteer and this will be monitored by your Volunteer supervisor.

Reward and Recognition 

On Friday 16th May 2014, volunteers giving their time freely in support of both Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue were rewarded in recognition of their work throughout the year.
This year’s Annual Awards Event took place on Friday 16th May at the Country Park Inn and was hosted by staff from Humberside Police’s Community Safety Unit and attended amongst others by Chief Constable Justine Curran, Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove and Chief Fire Officer Dene Sanders.
Although not all volunteers were able to be present at the event, all received certificates demonstrating the efforts and contributions of all as being equally valued. 
A number attending received certificates for multiple hours accrued in volunteer roles. 27 individuals received awards for 100 dedicated volunteer hours and 4 for 500 dedicated volunteer hours. Three volunteers were recognised for accrued hours in their thousands – Brian Beckett 1000, Christopher Lefevre 2000, Colin Ashton 3000
3 volunteers received 5 year Long Service Awards, they were Christopher Lefevre, John Cole and Carole Tyler they have performed a wide range of duties including public facing enquiry desk functions and back office administrative roles.
Joy Harvie from Humberside Police’s Community Safety Unit who manages the volunteers said: “Since the introduction of the Police Service Volunteers, I have been greatly impressed by their commitment, flexibility and enthusiasm for their roles. They are a valuable asset to Humberside Police and actively contribute to the day to day work we undertake.
“They remove a significant amount of administrative burden and provide an excellent service to the public at our community events. If you would like more information on volunteering opportunities within Humberside, Police please contact me on 01482 220723 or alternatively by e-mail at joy.harvie@humberside.pnn.police.uk.”
Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove said: “Our Community Safety Volunteers are a dedicated group who work tirelessly to improve safety in their neighbourhoods. At almost every event I attend, they are there doing their bit to make our communities safer places. Their contribution is extremely valued and every single one of them deserves recognition.” 
Daryl Oprey, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service Director of Operations, was equally full of praise: “This joint working arrangement is believed to be the only combined Fire and Police volunteer force in the country. The work of our volunteers is breaking new ground in the Humberside area and other forces and services have already been in touch to learn from this pioneering approach. Our communities continue to benefit from their sterling work and we owe these volunteers our grateful thanks.”

Where can I find out more information about Volunteering? 

For more information on Volunteering please contact Joy Harvie, Humberside Police, Community Safety Unit on telephone number (01482) 220723 or via email at joy.harvie@humberside.pnn.police.uk