Other roles (Police Support Volunteers, Cadets)

There are many other opportunities to support the police service, aside from the uniformed officers, special constables and police community support officers you see on the streets.

The support roles employed by the police service play a vital role in ensuring the service runs efficiently and effectively, working in partnership with those in uniform.

Each force tends to operate slightly differently and may have very different job roles, so you should contact your local force to discuss the opportunities available. Below are some examples of the kind of roles you might be able to do:

  • analyst - provides analytical support by collating and studying information to help detect and reduce crime
  • call Contact handler - provides a professional response to calls received
  • front counter personnel - mans the front counter and answers enquiries
  • librarian - provides an efficient library service

New apprenticeships are becoming available in policing, take a look at the Protected Services Standards from the Apprenticeship Standard list to check what apprenticeships are being introduced, for example Contact Handler.

Police Support Volunteers

There are a number of volunteer roles available for people interested in assisting the police service. Forces have different needs, so contact your local force for details of the volunteering opportunities in your area.

As a volunteer, you could find yourself doing a number of tasks, including:

  • helping the regular staff in administration or communications work
  • working to assist other volunteers in the police service, such as special constables and police cadetshelping witnessesgiving station tours.

For an overview of volunteering roles in the police service, visit the Citizens in Policing website here

Volunteer Police Cadets

If you're aged between 13 and 18 and you can't wait to get a taste of what it's like to be a police officer, you could join the volunteer police cadets now. There are lots of police cadet schemes around the UK, contact your local force for details of their scheme.