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Volunteer roles

Police Support Volunteers

Our 300 Police Support Volunteers (PSVs) are people from various walks of life who dedicate some of their spare time to perform tasks which complement the duties performed by our police officers and paid staff.

This helps free up officers and staff to perform key operational duties.

Their contribution provides significant benefits to the Police organisation and to local communities, making Avon and Somerset a safer place to live and work.

Here are just a few examples of the many roles available for Police Support Volunteers in Avon and Somerset:

Local Policing Support Volunteer
These volunteers are based within the local Neighbourhood Policing Teams and provide general administration support for our officers, such as assisting with the coordination of beat surgeries.
They assist with the update and review of local policing website pages (In Your Area) to improve communication and help showcase local policing.
They may have the opportunity to attend crime prevention events (with a uniformed member of staff) to provide community reassurance and information to the public.
Volunteer Cadet Leaders and Cadet Unit Administration Support Volunteers
Volunteer Police Cadets meet for two hours once a week during term time and have the chance to take part in other activities in support of local policing.
Volunteers within the Cadet units have the chance to make a difference and help shape the lives of the young people in their area.
Voluntary roles include cadet leaders and administrative duties.
Volunteer Drivers
Enthusiastic and motivated volunteers who relieve some of the demand and pressures on our front line officers by providing a driver support service.
This involves delivering and collecting items or transporting police officers and their exhibits to and from court.
Vehicle Maintenance Volunteer
Responsibilities of this volunteer role include maintaining vehicles in a clean and ready for use condition and undertaking routine vehicle/equipment checks.
History and Heritage
Our Police History and Heritage group is well established and is going from strength to strength.
Voluntary roles include helping with elements of administration and finance and also developing, promoting and recording the history of policing in the Avon and Somerset area.

To see all available roles, view our current volunteer vacancies.

Groups and Watches

There are several groups which citizens can become involved in to help support their local community:

Neighbourhood Watch
Neighbourhood Watch is about you and your neighbours coming together to have a say in the issues that matter to you in your community.
Community SpeedWatch
Community SpeedWatch gives local people the ability to actively get involved in road safety.
PACT (Partners and Communities Together)
Through the Partners and Communities Together (PACT) process you have the chance to raise any issues or concerns you have in your area to your local Neighbourhood Policing Team and partner agencies.
We will work together with you and our partners to take action and resolve these issues.