Volunteer With Sussex Police

Monday 5th September 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Volunteers Sussex Police

Sussex Police are piloting five new volunteering opportunities from keeping people safe online to driving prison vans.

The force is opening up five new specially designed roles for volunteers to support officers and staff give the best service across the county.

Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor said, "We’re excited to embark on this pilot scheme which is offering people the chance to volunteer for these designated roles. We have been working with: David Huse, who advised on the volunteer strategy for the London 2012 Olympics; the national Citizens in Policing team; and Unison, to help us shape the future of volunteering for Sussex Police.”

If you would like to do something different and commit time each month to work with us, in return for the dynamic and interesting environment, and have skills and experience to share, these are the posts on offer:

  • Help to keep people safe online and offer your skills within our Cyber and Economic Crime units.
  • Provide integral administration support to our Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub who help to protect the most vulnerable members of our communities.
  • Employ your observation skills looking for camera obstructions and other issues by scanning through our CCTV cameras.
  • Drive a prison van across Brighton and help our police officers transport arrested people to a custody centre.
  • Become a community engagement champion working with us and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to deliver crime prevention advice and attend events in the community.

ACC Taylor added: "By working with those teams who have identified an area where a volunteer could get the most out of the time they give, I hope we can attract the best volunteers suited to each area.”

Chief Inspector Simon Nelson, Local Policing Branch, in charge of the volunteering programme, said, "Volunteering is rewarding and challenging, offering a unique opportunity to develop your skills and experience, try things you’ve always wanted to do and learn more about how Sussex Police works. Plus, you’ll be rewarded with a diverse and supportive environment that can bring personal benefits and huge sense of community involvement.

"We have more than 100 police volunteers working within our communities already in a variety of roles from specialist search teams, to office administrators, to Community Speedwatch and many more besides.

"If you want to do something positive and meaningful with your spare time, come and work with us, we’d love to hear from you.”

Commenting on the value of volunteering, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said, "Developing volunteering opportunities within any organisation is a great way to attract new people with different backgrounds and skills.

"People volunteer for many reasons but one thing that unites them all is a real desire to make a difference.

"I commend Sussex Police for launching this pilot scheme and wish them every success. I am looking forward to meeting the new volunteers who will undoubtedly bring a wealth of experience and diversity to the force’s workforce.”

Go online if you are interested in applying or simply want to find out more.

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