Lancashire is proud to be part of the national Citizens in Policing programme, which will extend the opportunities for volunteering in policing through the Special Constabulary, Volunteer Police Cadets, Police Support Volunteers, Community Volunteers and watch schemes.
The Constabulary recognises the value that volunteers bring and that by involving volunteers in a wider range of activities means we can better represent and support the communities that we serve.
We are committed to supporting volunteers and value the wealth of knowledge, skills and experience they bring to the organisation. We are also able to offer our volunteers a wide range of opportunities and a support network for them to further develop their skills and experience which they in turn can take back to their life and work outside of the Constabulary.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said; “Lancashire is proud to be part of the national Citizens in Policing programme. At a time of significant change for the Constabulary, we believe the time is right to look outside for ways in which our work can be supported, improved and become more representative. Volunteers offer one opportunity but there are also others which we will also explore, including better links with the voluntary sector and community groups.
The Constabulary recognises that volunteers of all ages and backgrounds can play a significant role in reassuring communities and increasing social responsibility, as well as providing new ways for the police to engage with communities.”
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: "The vital role that the cadets, special constables and volunteers play within Lancashire Constabulary and the contribution they make cannot be underestimated.
"I am proud to be part of the Citizens in Policing programme, which is offering local residents the chance to make a real difference.
"It will allow people of all ages and from all different backgrounds the chance to follow in the footsteps of our existing volunteers and help maintain and strengthen important links with Lancashire's communities.
"Volunteers can make a crucial contribution to our communities, acting as advocates for the police, increasing understanding and building cooperation and trust - helping to make Lancashire a better place to live and work."
Find out how to get involved in our Citizens in Policing programme by clicking the link you’re interested in.
The volunteer Police Cadets programme is open to young people aged 13-18 living, studying or working in Lancashire. There will be a total of nine schemes across Lancashire offering young people the opportunity to learn about policing, develop new skills, make new friends and benefit the communities where they live.
Special Constables are unpaid volunteer police officers who work as part of the neighbourhood policing team and give sixteen hours a month of their time. They have the same powers as regular police officers, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same equipment.
We want to increase the numbers of Special Constables in the Constabulary to 650 over the next three years. If you’re interested in getting involved please click on the link below
There are opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in volunteering, whether this by giving a few hours a week at our headquarter offices, or using a specialist skill like our volunteer wildlife officers, the opportunities are endless.