Volunteering opportunities are available within Gloucestershire Constabulary to help keep the county safe from harm.
We already benefit fromspecial constables and police cadets who give their spare time to help in the fight against crime, but we also have other Police Support Volunteer (PSV) roles that you may be interested in.
What are Police Support Volunteers?
Police Support Volunteers are individuals who give their free time to perform tasks which complement the duties performed by police officers and staff, helping to free up officers and staff to perform key operational duties.
Police Support Volunteers 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. Police Support Volunteers do not enter into an employment contract and are therefore not obliged to carry out specific hours of working.
Police Support Volunteers perform these tasks without pay, except for the reimbursement of agreed out-of-pocket expenses.
Police Support 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.
What can we offer you?
Police Support Volunteers are given full training, 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.
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.
You must be aged 16 years-old or over. There is no upper age limit for volunteers.
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.
The need for the residency rule arises from the requirement to vet all applicants in an equitable manner. This is because the UK police service does not currently have any means of facilitating vetting enquiries overseas to the extent required for those who are resident in the UK.
The purpose of the residency criteria is to ensure that applicants have a checkable history in the UK, so that meaningful vetting enquiries can be undertaken. The criteria provide reassurance when considering the health and safety of police personnel and the public. Effective vetting cannot be conducted if there is no way to assess the honesty, integrity, reliability and overall suitability for clearance of appointees against the information available.
The residency requirements refer to the period immediately before an application is made, and not any other three-, five-, or ten-year period, or any other accumulation of time spent in the UK.
If an individual resides permanently in the UK, they are considered to be a UK resident.
An individual who has moved overseas and severed major ties to the UK (e.g., closed bank accounts and sold property) is considered to have surrendered their residency in the UK. This would also apply to people who maintain bank accounts purely for the purpose of receiving regular payments, e.g., a UK pension.
An individual is considered to be on an extended holiday if they have
spent a significant period of time overseas without returning to the UK, but intend to return in the future
taken a gap year before or following university
travelled for a year
spent time overseas visiting family
This is not an exhaustive list.
Individuals who meet the above criteria maintain their UK residency and may therefore be considered for vetting clearance.
An individual who has been posted overseas as part of their service with Her Majesty's Government or the Armed Forces is considered to have been resident in the UK for the period that they were abroad.
Where an individual has been overseas as the spouse, partner or dependent of a member of the armed forces posted overseas, they can be considered to have been resident in the UK if their place of residence was within the confines of the establishment, e.g., a military base. If they were residing outside this, they are considered to have been resident overseas.
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)
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:
Magistrates, clerks to justices and clerks to court
Members of county and district councils
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
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.
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 at [email protected].
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
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 colleagues
Are considered to be rude, lewd, crude, racist, sexist, sectarian, homophobic, violent or intimidating.
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.
These are the current volunteering roles we are looking for. If there's nothing listed, it means we don't currently have any volunteer roles available.
If you have any questions about the roles listed below, or if you require further information, please email [email protected]
Interested in becoming a Police Support Volunteer but aren't applying for a specific role?
The Role Players are members of the public from all walks of life and all ages (over 18) that are needed every month or so to assist trainee Police Officers, trainee PCSO’s and trainee Special Constables experiencing life like scenarios to prepare them for life out on the streets.
Do you enjoy driving? Can you volunteer a whole day at a time? Do you have a Clean Driving License? Like working as part of a small successful team doing something really worthwhile?
If the answer is yes to above then we would like to hear from you.
The Fleetcare drivers have a wide variety of roles but the main one is being able to drive marked police vehicles (with out of use signs) to and from vehicle workshops. These could be picked up and dropped off from any police station in the county.
We're looking for new Cadet Leaders to join our team.
Our Police Cadet Force has grown considerably over the last year whilst supporting our Neighbourhood Policing service.
As this is an expanding program we are constantly looking for volunteers to work with these young people to deploy to events as a chaperone. Could you spare a few hours each month and help?
As a leader you will work with our cadets aged between 13 and 18 years old who are from all backgrounds and abilities. Cadet meetings take place during term time, once a week from 7pm-9pm, with the occasional deployment on weekends. Don't worry if you can't attend every session, we simply ask you to attend when you can.
Becoming a leader is richly rewarding as you will get to see the cadets develop into confident, outstanding young members of the community.
If you are interested in becoming a leader please complete the Cadet Leader application form below: