Members of the public are being invited to support Suffolk Constabulary by becoming the “eyes and ears” of their communities as part of a new initiative.
The Local Policing Volunteer pilot scheme, which was originally launched across six towns and villages including Bungay, Beccles, Woodbridge, Eye, Stanton and Long Melford in April, has now been opened up to the whole county and has already attracted early interest but spaces remain for further dedicated individuals.
As part of the non-uniform role, volunteers become accessible points of contact for their communities and help Suffolk Constabulary to detect crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity in each area.
Local Policing Volunteers:
- must be aged over 18 years
- don’t have an upper age limit
- can work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week and hours are mutually agreed locally
- are not required to wear a uniform
- will be covered by public liability insurance wherever they undertake their volunteering duties
Anyone interested in becoming a Local Policing Volunteer will undergo a training package, be given a tabard and have a direct point of contact with police, as well as be included in regular meetings. The supportive role is also designed to work alongside usual activities and at no point requires participants to directly get involved in tackling crime.
Volunteers will need to undergo and pass security checks at the appropriate level for the role, although no medical assessment is required.
To gain further information regarding any of the constabulary’s volunteering roles, visit www.suffolk.pnn.police.uk/joinus or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 01473 613589.