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Volunteering opportunities are available within Gloucestershire Constabulary to help keep the county safe from harm. The Constabulary already benefits from Special Constables who give their spare time to help in the fight against crime, but in addition there are other Police Support Volunteer (PSV) roles which enhance and complement those of paid staff.

Unlike the Specials, PSVs have no police powers, but give their time and energy to perform tasks for their local police service without pay, except for the reimbursement of agreed out-of-pocket expenses.

Full training and support are given to the individuals, but they do not enter into an employment contract and are not obliged to carry out specific hours of working.

PSVs will not be used to replace an existing staff member, including during periods of sickness or maternity/paternity leave, or prevent the employment of a new member of staff.

Interested, but have some more questions?

What is a Police Support Volunteer?

Police Support Volunteers are individuals who give their time freely to perform tasks which complement the duties performed by police officers and staff. This helps free up officers and staff to perform key operational duties.  Volunteers are not used to replace existing staff.

Volunteers bring a wide range of skills knowledge and experience to the teams that they support that add value to the work of paid staff.  They can also act as advocates for Gloucestershire Constabulary by increasing understanding and building relationships in the communities where they live, study or work.

The current volunteering roles we are looking to fill are listed below; however you may have skills that we would be able to use in a different capacity. If that is the case and you meet the eligibility criteria please register you interest on the form below.

What can we offer you?

 As a police support volunteer you are given the opportunity to:

  •          Volunteer in a safe, friendly and interesting environment
  •          Make a valuable contribution to your community
  •          Develop and enhance your skills and experience
  •          Gain an insight into what the police do
  •          Gain an understanding of  how your local community is policed

If you are approved as a volunteer you will be provided with advice, guidance and support.

You will be provided with an introduction to the force and appropriate training will be provided to allow you to carry out your tasks.

Volunteers can claim certain travelling and other out of pocket expenses. These will be agreed with you if you are approved as a police support volunteer.



You must be aged 16+. There is no upper age limit for volunteers.

Vetting Procedures:

All volunteer applicants are to be subject to vetting and security checks in line with the
Gloucestershire Constabulary Vetting Policy. Any applicants unsuccessful at this stage of the
process have no legal right to appeal against the decision.

Vetting Residency Criteria Statement:

All applicants must have been resident in the UK for three years immediately prior to application.
The need for the residency rule arises from the requirement to vet all applicants in an equitable
manner. It is to ensure that applicants have a checkable history in the UK, so that meaningful
vetting enquiries can be undertaken. The criteria provide some reassurance when considering the
Health and Safety of police personnel and the public. The UK Police Service does not currently
have any means of facilitating vetting enquiries overseas to the extent required for those who
have not been resident in the UK. Effective vetting cannot be conducted if there no way to assess
the honesty, integrity, reliability and overall suitability for clearance of their appointees against the
information, or lack of information available.

To meet the eligibility criteria you must be a British citizen, an EC/EEA national, or a
Commonwealth citizen, or foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the United
Kingdom. Depending on the role, the vetting clearance varies. The minimum period for UK
residency, which you must also meet, for Non-Police Personnel Vetting (NPPV) is 3 years. This is
calculated for the period of time immediately before an application is made and not any other
time spent in the UK.

Gloucestershire Constabulary has agreed a reasonable concession to consider applicants who
have been on holiday outside the UK, provided this does not exceed more than 3 months within
the minimum residency period shown above.

Membership of British National Party (BNP) or similar organisations: 
Police Support Volunteers should abstain from any activity which is likely to interfere with impartial
discharge of their duties or which is likely to give rise to the impression amongst members of the
public that it may so interfere.
If a prospective volunteer is a member of the BNP or a similar organisation, their application will
result in rejection. These groups include:
• British National Party (BNP);
• Combat 18;
• National Front.

Conflict of Interest:
Applications will not be accepted from individuals where there is a significant possibility that this
could lead to a conflict of interest in your professional life or another volunteering role. You must
therefore give full details of your current employment or other voluntary work you undertake as
part of your application.

Occupations that are considered incompatible with becoming a volunteer include:
• Magistrates, Clerks to Justices and Clerks to Court
• Members of County and District Councils
• Probation Officers
• Bailiffs, Warrant Officers
• Holders of liquor licences and managers of licensed houses
• Licensees of betting/gaming premises.
• Private Detectives and Inquiry Agents
• Security Officers, Guards and Door People
• Members of Employer’s Police Forces and Private Constabularies
• Civilian Detention Officers
• Custody Officers and Custody Escort Officers
• Parking Enforcement Officers
• Neighbourhood Wardens
• Members of the full-time Fire Service
• Members of the Armed Forces

The following occupations may also be considered incompatible for particular volunteer roles:
• Members of Medical and Health Professions
• Occupations with client privilege
• Youth Workers and Social Workers
• Employees of Security Organisations

Tattoos, jewellery and facial/body piercing:
Jewellery must be discreet and inoffensive. Language or images displayed must not be
inappropriate or offensive. Excessive or unconventional jewellery is inappropriate.
Jewellery is a potential risk in certain situations, as it can cause an injury if caught in machinery,
or pulled by an opponent. Individuals are responsible for minimising this risk.

Individuals who wear uniforms/protective clothing, or who meet the public as part of their role,
must not wear jewellery which is loose, or dangles. Long earrings, jewellery for facial piercings,
large rings, bracelets, or necklaces must not be worn. Individuals who work with machinery must
not wear any jewellery, other than a wedding ring.

Piercings must be kept to a minimum and must be discreet.

Tattoos are not a barrier to volunteering in the constabulary; however, some tattoos could
offend members of the public and colleagues, or could bring discredit to the police service.
If you need any clarification regarding your tattoos or piercings, then please email us on

It depends on the size, nature, location, extent and whether the images or language are
appropriate to be displayed.
Tattoos are not acceptable if they:
• Cause offence to members of the public or colleagues
• Invite provocation
• Undermine the dignity or authority of the Constabulary
• Are garish or numerous or particularly prominent
• Indicate unacceptable attitudes to any section of the community
• Indicate alignment with a particular group which could be offensive to the public, or
• Are considered to be rude, lewd, crude, racist, sexist, sectarian, homophobic, violent or

Individuals should cover their tattoos. They may be expected to take action to rectify the tattoos, if
these fail to meet the standard of non-visibility, or appropriateness.

Individuals with a tattoo on their head are expected to take steps to minimise visibility, either by
growing their hair, or by the use of headwear. Headwear may not always be appropriate, so must
be approved by the manager of the department in which the volunteer is deployed.

The current volunteering roles we are looking to fill are listed below; however you may have skills that we would be able to use in a different capacity. If that is the case and you meet the eligibility criteria please register you interest on the form at the bottom of this page.

We look forward to hearing from you!



Current vacancies:

Awards Researcher Volunteer

This role is to enhance the constabulary’s ability to recognise and reward those police personnel and non-police personnel who are contributing to our policing objectives, by seeking evidence to support nominations for external local and national awards.

This role would have office facilities available at Police Headquarters in Quedgeley, but once the volunteer was established in the role most of the work could be done externally and with total flexibility for the volunteer.

Access to own transport is required and suitable insurance to cover business use will be necessary. The volunteer will be reimbursed for that if extra cover is needed and for travel expenses incurred whilst performing the role.

Skills required:

Good Communication skills, both orally and in writing

Effective listening

Ability to work using own initiative

Basic IT skills

 The volunteer will receive familiarisation input regarding the work of Gloucestershire Constabulary and its personnel.

Also, familiarisation with partner agencies, community groups and individuals engaged in community safety initiatives.

If you are interested in this role please email:


Volunteer Archivist Role 

This role is to assist with the cataloguing and transcription of materials relating to Gloucestershire Constabulary. Volunteering within this role will support current staff and volunteers and enhance their capacity to provide a quality service for members of the public and police family members with genealogical and historical enquiries.

Good communication skills are required, with an eye for detail and ability to accurately record data.

Knowledge of working with databases and basic IT applications is desirable; however, there is scope for creativity, through the building of display boards for functions and presentations representing Gloucestershire Constabulary.

The role would suit someone who is interested in the history of the constabulary, history generally, sociology, or art and photography with a few hours a week to spare in support of the local police to preserve it’s legacy.

This function is currently located in Stroud, but in late 2017 will be moving to the new Heritage Hub at Gloucestershire Archives in Alvin Street, Gloucester. Working times are flexible and will be agreed between the Volunteer, Records Management Department and the Volunteer Liaison Officer.    

If you are interested in the role, please email





Aston Project - Driver

We need support in transporting young people taking part in the Aston Project activities, this would be in the form of driving a mini-bus, MPV or standard car, collecting and returning young people to their homes locally. Transport will be provided.

The role does not involve the running of or participation in activities as this is delivered through a bespoke Aston Project volunteering scheme.

This is a very exciting and rewarding role, giving you the opportunity to make a very real difference to the lives of young people from your community.

No set time commitment is required – just whatever you are able and willing to offer to support young people in Gloucestershire. 

The more people who are able to support the project, the more young people will benefit from its work.

Skills required:

  •          Full driving licence
  •          Good communication skills
  •          High level of empathy with young people


We are currently seeking support in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Newent areas.

If you feel you have something to offer the young people involved with the Aston Project, apply to become a volunteer. Applicants will need to complete:

  •          a short online application
  •          an application for a DBS check (FREE OF CHARGE)
  •          an application for Vetting (FREE OF CHARGE)
  •          GCSB approved ‘Safeguarding Children’ online training (FREE OF CHARGE)
  •          MiDAS training where necessary.

In return, the project will provide volunteers with a point of contact who will welcome you to the Aston Project team and fully support you through the application process and your subsequent volunteering activity.

Our approach to Safeguarding

We take the protection of the young people we work with very seriously.  Therefore, we are sure you will understand that there are a couple of things we would like you to be aware of before you sign up to support us.


When completing your application you will need to have the details of two people who are willing to act as a character reference for you, in order to submit your application.

DBS, Vetting & Safeguarding

Once you have submitted your application, we will expect you to;

- complete a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, (free of charge), along with a Vetting application (free of charge) and

- complete a short online safeguarding course (free of charge).

- undertake relevant training where necessary, for example MiDAS training (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) – free of charge.

In return we will allocate you a member of staff to support you with this and any costs involved will be covered by the Aston Project.

Providing that you share our commitment to protecting our young people, then we very much look forward to receiving your application.

You can complete the online application form via the Aston Project website, or you can get in touch on the contact details below if you would simply like to find out more.



Aston Project - Volunteer

The Aston Project is a police-led initiative which aims to reduce harm, crime and antisocial behaviour by inspiring young people to meet their potential in a positive and rewarding environment.

Working with partners and communities, the project runs a timebank scheme which engages young people in constructive pursuits for which they earn credits towards a fun activity of their choice, therefore promoting a ‘work for reward’ ethos.

Having launched in Cheltenham in 2011 and expanded to Gloucester in April 2015, the project is now seeking to develop further by using the skills, interests and contributions of the wider community.

If you feel you have something to offer the young people involved with the Aston Project, apply to become a volunteer. Applicants will need to complete:

  •          a short online application
  •          an application for a DBS check (FREE OF CHARGE)
  •          GCSB approved ‘Safeguarding Children’ online training (FREE OF CHARGE)

In return, the project will provide volunteers with a point of contact who will welcome you to the Aston Project team and fully support you through the application process and your subsequent volunteering activity.

You can complete the online application form via the Aston Project website under the ‘Volunteering’ tab, or you can get in touch on the contact details below if you would simply like to find out more.



To Register your interest in becoming a volunteer please complete this form and email to


Page last updated: 30 January 2018