Open Letter to our volunteers
Today marks the start of Volunteers Week and we are fortunate to have so many people who give their time to voluntarily support policing in Derbyshire.
I am impressed to see the wide variety of roles you undertake and recognise that your experience and local knowledge helps Derbyshire Constabulary deliver a quality service to all our communities.
As you will know, I have only recently taken on the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire but already I can see the commitment and enthusiasm of everyone who works for the Force. The professionalism of those I have met is what the public would expect from those charged with keeping them safe. And that includes our volunteers.
I know from personal experience just how fulfilling volunteering can be. To be able to contribute towards communities and wider society is a selfless thing to do and so I am genuinely grateful that you have chosen to give your time to support Derbyshire Constabulary.
As a priority, I am working with my team to develop my Police and Crime Plan and whilst this is still a work in progress I am keen to ensure that opportunities for individuals and communities to get involved and help keep local areas free from crime and safe places to live and work are included within that plan.
As I get to know the organisation better and have the opportunity to meet more people, I am looking forward to meeting volunteers, hearing your stories and understanding why you have chosen to support us.
So, thank you for your support; thank you for the hours of hard work you have contributed and thank you for choosing to volunteer, in whatever capacity, with Derbyshire Constabulary.
1st June 2021
By volunteering your services you can make a real difference to policing in Derbyshire and to community safety. Volunteer work includes the Police Dog Welfare Scheme, the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme and working with other agencies such as Neighbourhood Watch.
To find out more about volunteering in Derbyshire, simply click on the titles below.
Police Dog Welfare Scheme
Visitors ensure that Derbyshire Constabulary's police dogs are housed, trained and transported humanely and ethically. Visits are made to the kennels at Force Headquarters or at the training facilities they use.
Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) Scheme
Independent Custody Visitors make random, unannounced visits to custody suites in the county to check that detainees are being well looked after and their rights taken into account.
Volunteer Special Constables
Special Constables can either work with a Safer Neighbourhood or reactive team. Their work helps to bring about lasting solutions to local issues, making areas safer, cleaner and more pleasant to live in. They also have the opportunity to apply for attachments to specialist areas such as the Roads Policing Department. Volunteer Special Constables fall under the direction and control of the Chief Constable.
Police Support Volunteer (PSV) Scheme The Police Support Volunteers scheme is an opportunity for members of the public who want to volunteer to get involved in policing and make a difference to their community. These roles are ideal for people who want to volunteer but do not want to wear a uniform. Being a Police Support Volunteer (PSV) means contributing some of your spare time in a wide variety of ways, working alongside Police Officers, PCSOs, Special Constables and Police Staff. Police Support Volunteers fall under the direction and control of the Chief Constable.
Police Cadet Scheme The Derbyshire Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme is aimed at 13 to 18 year olds who wish to have an insight into the police and are keen to be involved in a police-orientated youth group working alongside their local communities. The aims of the scheme are to give young people an insight into the many and varied aspects of policing, to make them aware of the role of the police in society, to develop their character, and to promote good citizenship. Police cadets fall under the direction and control of the Chief Constable.
Derbyshire is fortunate to have a number of volunteering partners. These include Neighbourhood Watch which is one of the best examples of how the police and community can work together to prevent crime.