Dorset Police launches campaign to recruit more volunteer officers

Dorset Police launches campaign to recruit more volunteer officers

Dorset Police launches campaign to recruit more volunteer officers

First published in News

DORSET Police has today launched a campaign to recruit more volunteer officers.

The latest Special Constabulary recruitment campaign gets underway to coincide with National Volunteers’ Week.

Specials have the same powers as regular police officers, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same equipment. They get involved in a range of day-to-day policing activities including patrol work, community events, targeted operations and specialist training.

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “I am proud to announce the launch of Dorset Police’s Special Constabulary and volunteer recruitment campaign for 2014.

“Having the heart of our community working with us provides an important opportunity for you to influence the way we police our county.

“Volunteering in these roles will be exciting, challenging, rewarding and offer a chance for you to bring your skills, knowledge and experience to help keep local communities safe.

“In return for training, camaraderie and being a key part of our team, we ask for your commitment, professionalism and a will to succeed in delivering the highest standards of service that our community rightly deserves.”

A special constable is asked to work an average of 16 hours a month but working hours are flexible.

Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, said: “Becoming a volunteer special constable is a great way for you to make a difference in your community, while at the same time developing your personal skills.

“Special constables come from all walks of life but whatever your background, you will take pride from giving something back to the community of Dorset.

“I am constantly humbled and inspired by the commitment shown by special constables and will support you on your journey in becoming a special and in serving the people of Dorset.”

To find out more about becoming a special constable, including frequently asked questions and details of the recruitment process visit the Dorset Police dorset.police.uk. The closing date for applications is Monday 30 June 2014.

Dorset Police also has a team of non-uniformed Police Support Volunteers who assist at police stations or administrative centres, or in some cases in public-facing areas, conducting a variety of roles.

The support of these volunteers allows police officers and staff to concentrate on core policing duties, resulting in more officers being available on the street and improved community support. For more information about becoming a volunteer visit dorset.police.uk or email vol@dorset.pnn.police.uk

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12:29pm Mon 2 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

Somewhat ironic that the PCC seems to have been getting rid of paid ones. Perhaps to pay for his staff?
Somewhat ironic that the PCC seems to have been getting rid of paid ones. Perhaps to pay for his staff? speedy231278
  • Score: 12

4:02pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Tictock says...

Wot - no PCC photo? Yes, abolish the PCC and staff and employ police officers, do rely on peoples best intent, it will let us down!
Wot - no PCC photo? Yes, abolish the PCC and staff and employ police officers, do rely on peoples best intent, it will let us down! Tictock
  • Score: 4

4:41pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Ziggy starburst says...

Great idea. Get rid of expensive police as "crime rates are dropping". They are dropping as there are no police to record the crimes. Then get the job done for nothing by asking for volunteers. What next, sacking nurses and doctors and getting volunteers to run the nhs. Think of the savings? Rarely see a policeman, even rarer a police station. Isn't Christchurch police station closing? Where do the proceeds go? At least we have a police commissioner on a massive wage to oversee it all.
Great idea. Get rid of expensive police as "crime rates are dropping". They are dropping as there are no police to record the crimes. Then get the job done for nothing by asking for volunteers. What next, sacking nurses and doctors and getting volunteers to run the nhs. Think of the savings? Rarely see a policeman, even rarer a police station. Isn't Christchurch police station closing? Where do the proceeds go? At least we have a police commissioner on a massive wage to oversee it all. Ziggy starburst
  • Score: 8

5:00pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

More and more of our council tax goes toward policing while at the same time full time officers are going down only to be replaced by card board cut outs and volunteers, just what does all our money pay for besides Underhill's massive pay packet.
More and more of our council tax goes toward policing while at the same time full time officers are going down only to be replaced by card board cut outs and volunteers, just what does all our money pay for besides Underhill's massive pay packet. Hessenford
  • Score: 9

9:01pm Mon 2 Jun 14

AmsterdamMan says...

Send in the clowns...
Send in the clowns... AmsterdamMan
  • Score: 3

8:33am Tue 3 Jun 14

Azphreal says...

I thought that 'hobby bobbies' were replaced by PCSO's? Also didnt they used to recieve a token payment?
I thought that 'hobby bobbies' were replaced by PCSO's? Also didnt they used to recieve a token payment? Azphreal
  • Score: 0

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