The Community Safety Volunteer scheme was first established in April 2008 to promote community involvement in policing through volunteering.
The aim of the scheme - which is run in partnership with the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service - is to encourage those living and working in the area to use their skills, experience and knowledge to assist and support Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers, Special Constables, support staff and fire service personnel in their daily business.
A dedicated team of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and cultures already work across the Humberside force area, making a positive contribution to the area's communities and using their wide range of experiences and skills to enhance the work of the police and fire service.
The 2019 Volunteer of the Year is Sue Edmund - Find out more about her role as a Community Safety Volunteer [Sue Edmund]
Retired cop comes back to inspire the next generation - Community Safety Volunteer gives back to his community
Graham Benson worked as a Police Constable for Humberside Police for 40 years, he has now come back to volunteer with the police cadets - Find out more here [Graham Benson]
What can becoming a Police Volunteer give me?
- Enhance your CV
- Get involved in local community events
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Make a real difference to policing in your area
What do volunteers assist with?
The tasks performed by our volunteers vary widely, but will never replace roles held by paid staff. Among the areas within Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue volunteers may be used:
- Administrative support
- Diversity and community engagement
- Recruitment event assistance
- Helping to give crime prevention and fire safety advice
- Playing roles in training exercises
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. You can claim expenses for travelling to and from your placement. The force will reimburse you for other expenses incurred whilst volunteering, provided it was relevant to the task.
Are there any residency rules?
You will need to have lived in the UK for more than three years and over to be eligible to apply
You can begin the process to become a Police Volunteer here.
Applicants meeting the above requirements will be invited for interview and, if successful, will then undergo vetting and health checks. References from two people known to the applicant for at least two years will also be required.
Once vetting has been successfully completed, applicants will be contacted to discuss their skills and interests and a suitable placement will be arranged, along with an induction. Training specific to the role will also be given. There may be requirements and opportunities for additional training as part of the scheme, which will be monitored by our volunteer supervisor.
Reward and Recognition
Joy Harvie from Humberside Police’s Community Safety Unit, who manages volunteers for the force, said: “Since the introduction of the scheme, I have been greatly impressed by the commitment, flexibility and enthusiasm of our volunteers. They are a valuable asset to Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue 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."
Matt Sutcliffe, Group Manager Public Safety with the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said: “The Police/Fire volunteer partnership is now firmly established with in our tool box of options for supporting the organisation and helping to make our communities a safer place to live and work. We continue to develop opportunities for volunteers and have develop a regional working group to set the standard and break new ground in Police/Fire volunteering. The commitment, dedication and professionalism of the volunteers is an absolute privilege to witness and support. It also important to recognise the life experience and skills the volunteers bring to our organisation. Volunteers are firmly embedded into the tapestry of work streams to ensure we are an effective organisation”.
We greatly appreciate the assistance that our volunteers give to both services and like to say thank you on a more formal basis once a year at our annual Volunteer recognition evening.
Where can I find out more information about Volunteering?
For more information on volunteering please contact Joy Harvie, on (01482) 220723 or via email.
Employer Supported Policing
Employer Supported Policing (ESP) is a partnership benefitting employers, their staff and the police service by releasing Special Constables and Police Support Volunteers to volunteer in the communities they serve.
How can organisations be involved?
We are asking organisations to consider releasing their staff who are Special Constables and Police support Volunteers by giving them paid time off to undertake their volunteer police duties and/or training
Humberside Police are working in partnership with a number of employers and currently have some successful schemes operating. Work continues to develop links with employers and expand ESP across the Force.
There are many benefits for employers, staff, police and local communities. For more information please e-mail us.
Special Constables offer staff development benefits as they are trained in: Diversity, team work, community and customer focus, problem solving, resilience, effective communication, personal responsibility
Police Support Volunteers also develop knowledge within these key skill areas which is a benefit to any workplace.
How does the organisation benefit?
- Enhanced reputation with local community
- Positive marketing opportunity
- Staff development
- Improved staff well-being and morale
- Supporting the local community
- Greater staff retention
How does your employee benefit?
- Professional development
- Enhancing skills and training
- Sense of wellbeing within the workplace
- Employer loyalty
Companies currently in partnership with Humberside Police include:
- HM Prison
- Lloyds Banking Group
For further information on how to get involved with our CIP programme please contact us via e-mail.