Police force

Last night a DJ saved my life! You’ve probably seen the adverts, but what are your options for volunteering with the police force?

  • The Metropolitan Special Constabulary is a force of volunteers who work with and offer support to regular Metropolitan police officers. As a special constable you have the same powers as a regular officer and wear the same uniform. You do have to be prepared to give up at least 25 hours of your spare time each month though. Not in London? Not a problem. The Special Constabulary national recruitment brochure gives you more details and the national application form.

There are many other ways to volunteer with the police forces across the country. You can help members of the public at police stations, valet police cars, manage the Neighborhood Watch scheme and help the Safer Neighborhood Teams with community initiatives. Whatever role you take on, you’re supporting police officers to be out on the street instead of doing paper or desk work. Find your local force

  • The Volunteer Police Cadets - If you’re aged 14-19 and living in London you can volunteer as a cadet. You don’t patrol with police officers but you do get involved in local police initiatives such as crime prevention, safer neighbourhoods and test purchase operations to combat underage sales of alcohol, fireworks and knives. 

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