This week is ‘National Volunteers’ Week’ – an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution by millions of volunteers across the UK. More than 700 people volunteer with Sussex Police, including special constables, police support volunteers and police cadets.
The force’s various volunteers enhance Sussex Police’s service in a number of ways, ranging from arresting wanted people to supporting local policing teams with admin tasks and at community events.
This week Sussex Police has organised a number of operations and events to coincide with national volunteer’s week, ranging from ‘manhunt’ operations, where special constables will search for wanted people across the county, to speed watch operations and burglary prevention events in conjunction with volunteers and Neighbourhood Watch. These activities will be publicised on social media accompanied by the hashtag #VolunteersWeek.
The week also marks the start of the force’s latest window for accepting special constable applications. Special constables have the same powers and much of the same training as full-time officers. Playing a vital role in neighbourhood policing teams, these officers can also train to undertake specialist roles, responding to 999 calls and working in the road policing unit. The week will end with National Special Constable Awareness weekend, during which specials will be giving an insight into what they do through the force’s Special Constabulary twitter account – @SussexSpecials.
Emma Devennie, who is a busy mum volunteering in her spare time, has been a special constable with Sussex Police for just over a year.
She said: “I find it extremely rewarding to work alongside full-time officers and to make the communities of Sussex a safer place to live. I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and to help those most vulnerable, which I feel I achieve every day. In my time as a Special Constable I have assisted in several major policing operations ranging from bonfire nights to murders. I have assisted in bringing offenders to justice and keeping the streets of Sussex safe.
“I’d highly recommend to someone who has some spare time or wanting to give something back to their community to join Sussex Police as a Special Constable.”
Sussex Police encourage special constable and police support volunteer applicants from a wide range of backgrounds who want to make a difference in the communities they live in. It is important that the workforce reflects the diversity of the local communities so that Sussex Police can continue to improve its service. Sussex Police is committed to fairness towards all members of the community. They need people with skills born out of diverse backgrounds and experiences to help them deliver excellence in local policing across Sussex.
Special constables devote a minimum of 16 hours a month, supporting local police teams, gaining new experiences and skills and learning about many aspects of police work. In depth training is provided covering the police service, the duties of a police officer, powers of arrest and common crimes, how to prepare evidence for court and personal safety.
To find out more about the Special Constabulary and the application process please visit: /policing-in-sussex/work-with-us/special-constables
To find out about becoming a Police Support Volunteer and to view current vacancies please visit:/policing-in-sussex/work-with-us/volunteers
To find out more about National Volunteers Week visit: http://volunteersweek.org/