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London Police Support Volunteer (PSV) Programme

Do you have time to spare? Would you like to be part of our extended Police family? We have a variety of exciting opportunities for individuals to join us as part of our valued and growing Police Support Volunteer Programme.

Following feedback from our staff and volunteers, we have reviewed and improved our Police Support Volunteer (PSV) Programme to offer better opportunities for those looking to volunteer with the City of London Police and to reflect our Policing priorities as detailed in our Policing plan 2016 - 19

We have 13 new volunteering opportunities which aim to give potential volunteers a chance to use their skills, knowledge and expertise to help the force in a variety of ways from supporting victims of crime to helping us tackle cyber crime.

Our volunteers will be an important part of our police family and support us in helping to keep the City a safe place to live, work and visit.

If you would like to know more, then please take a look at the options below.

You will find information about the new opportunities in the ‘Eligibility and opportunities’ section on this page.

We look forward to hearing from you! ​​​​​​​​​

What is the Police Support Volunteer Programme?
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Our Police Support Volunteer Programme centres on building a network of volunteers who will bring in skills that will add real value to the force and complement existing skills and knowledge. 

In addition, we have developed a broader range of volunteer opportunities to maximise what we can offer potential volunteers as well as use what expertise they could bring to the organisation to best advantage. 

Our vision is for volunteers to use their diverse range of skills and experience to support us in the achievement of our core mission which is: 

“To make the City of London safer by upholding the law fairly and firmly; preventing crime and antisocial behaviour; keeping the peace; protecting and reassuring the community; investigating crime and bringing offenders to justice”.

How does Police Support Volunteering work?
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Volunteers gift their time freely to us and work alongside police officers, police staff and other volunteers. They benefit us in a multitude of ways as they bring with them a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience. 

Volunteers add business value to the City of London Police without replacing the work of paid police officers or staff.

Volunteers play a vital role in assisting police officers and staff, who are then able to concentrate on core policing duties. As a result there are more police officers on the streets and improved community support. 

Volunteers also act as advocates for the City of London Police by increasing understanding and building relationships in the communities where they preferably live, study or work.

The City of London Police currently has a number of volunteers who assist us in a range of activities and tasks ranging from advising on economic crime issues to assisting us in our stables, Museum and Front Office(s).

Why should I become a Police Support Volunteer?
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Being a Volunteer is fun, challenging and a unique opportunity for individuals to develop or use their existing skills and experiences, in addition to learning more about how the City of London Police works. 

As well as being part of a diverse and close-knit team, individuals can gain a huge sense of community involvement by volunteering. 

The City of London Police aims to integrate volunteers from a variety of different backgrounds. 

Benefits of Police Support Volunteering
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Individuals volunteer for many reasons but always for purpose. Some of the reasons people volunteer include:

  • CV enhancement.
  • Opportunities to develop and enhance existing skills.
  • To be part of a professional team.
  • Personal development and growth.
  • To gain an insight into what the police do.
  • Have a general interest in the way the local community is policed.
  • Have an increased sense of belonging to a group or community.
  • Give something back and make a positive difference to the local community.
How much time do I need to gift?
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Should you meet our eligibility criterion (see the below section on “Who can become a Police Support Volunteer”) and have the skills, experience and knowledge we are looking for, then you will be invited to attend an informal interview where we can fully discuss your application.

Volunteers will normally not provide support/gift their time in excess of 40 hours per calendar month.​​

Our Commitment to Police Support Volunteers
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We are committed to:

 

  • Providing volunteers with a safe, secure and healthy environment which is free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, violence and discrimination.
  • Treating all volunteers in accordance with our Code of Ethics and our Equal Opportunities Policy· 
  • Positively integrating volunteers into the organisation. Where appropriate volunteers w​ill be assigned a “buddy”.· 
  • Providing volunteers with an introduction into the force and giving them any necessary volunteer tasks/activities related training. 
  • Recognising and valuing volunteers for the contribution they make to the organisation as they are an important part of the extended police family.
Eligibility and opportunities

Eligibility

Unfortunately, there are no roles currently available

Before you take a look at the Police Support Volunteer opportunities check that you fit our eligibility criterion.

  • You must be aged 18 years or older. There is no upper age limit.

    If you are under the age of 18 then you can volunteer through our Police Cadet programme.
  • You must preferably live, work or study in the City o​f London/Square Mile.
  • You must have been a resident in the UK for at least three continuous years, prior to application.
  • Applicants from the UK, members of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland are able to volunteer.
  • Applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) need to have a valid work permit/visa OR indefinite leave to remain.​​​​​
How to apply

If yo​u ​fit the eligibility criterion, are interested in one or more of the volunteer opportunities and have the necessary skills and experience required, then please complete a Police Support Volunteer Application Form. 

Before completing the application form please read through the Guidance N​otes carefully.

Police Support Volunteering application guidance notes​​

Download Police Support Volunteering application form

Submit completed application forms (with photocopies of your work permit/visa details if applicable​) by email to: 

PoliceSupportVolunteerProgramme@cityoflondon.police.uk.

Alternatively the application form and documents can be sent to us by post: 

Recruitment Team
PSV Programm​e
City of London Poli​ce
5 Snow Hill
London
EC1A 2DP

Applications will not be accepted from individuals where there is a significant possibility that this could lead to a conflict of interest in their professional life or with another volunteering placement. 

If you have no conflict of interest and have the correct skills and experience that we are looking for then you will be contacted and invited to attend an informal interview. 

If you are invited to attend an informal interview then you will be required to bring in the following original documentation:

  • Passport (detailing work permit/visa status if non EEA passport)
  • Driving Licence (including the counterpart)

AND one of the following list:

  • ​Proof of current residence such as: Council Tax, Gas, Electricity, Water or Landline Telephone bills. (The bill must not be any older than 3 months.)
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