Local people who want to make a difference in their community will soon be able to apply for a volunteering role in the force.
Cleveland Police hopes to take on a number of people across four different volunteering roles after it advertises in a few weeks’ time:
- Independent Advisory Group (IAG) Administrator Volunteer to provide administrative support to the IAG by coordinating meetings and ensuring the professional delivery of IAG duties and objectives.
- Duty Support Volunteers will undertake general tasks across the force, with successful applicants’ duties ranging from calibrating breathalysers, to social media, Police National Database enquiries and property administration.
- Community Support Volunteers will support police officers and PCSOs and duties could include helping with crime prevention campaigns, school liaison and engaging with hard to reach groups.
- Finally, Vehicle Checking Volunteers will help check the force’s fleet is well maintained. They’ll also ensure equipment - from spare tyres to sirens and first aid kits to fire extinguishers - is in good working order. They may also be called on to help with cycle maintenance!
PCC Barry Coppinger said: “Volunteering offers the chance for local people to become more involved with their police force, to see how it operates and to make a real difference.
“Successful applicants can expect a very challenging, meaningful and rewarding experience.
“Not only will they pick up new skills, but I fully expect they themselves will bring valuable skills to Cleveland Police so both parties can only benefit.
Head of Volunteers Richard Baldwin, who will co-ordinate and support the volunteers, added: “Volunteering is a fantastic way of getting involved and as a volunteer myself, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
“If people want to learn more about how policing works, and feel they have time to support their community I would strongly encourage them to enquire and discuss how they might become involved.”
Posted on Friday 1st July 2016