Police Support Volunteers

Police Support Volunteers


Police Support Volunteers

Police support volunteers (PSV’s) are not warranted police officers however they are an integral part of the policing family. Performing a range of supportive tasks and functions allowing our police officers and staff to focus on core duties. PSV’s can support in a range of departments and roles, have a look below to see the types of opportunities you can get involved with by joining our police support volunteers.


  • Community Road Watch       
  • Independent Advisory Group
  • Restorative Justice
  • Cyber
  • Police museum support
  • Cader Leaders
  • Role play
  • Many other supportive roles

What difference do our volunteers make?

Restorative Justice Coordinator

We are fortunate enough to have a team of talented and dedicated volunteers, who assist us in their spare time to deliver restorative justice to members of the community. I am extremely grateful for their time and experience as without them, we would not be able to deliver such a high quality of service to the people of Lancashire. Our volunteers bring with them their knowledge and experience of their careers, their personal lives and education which is invaluable to us as a team. I cannot thank them enough for volunteering their spare time, to make a real difference to the lives of those who have been affected by crime.

Museum Coordinator

The volunteers for Lancashire Police Museum are absolutely vital.  We couldn’t open our museum without them.  They provide a very warm welcome to our visitors.  Some of our volunteers also deliver talks to schools and older learners.  We’re very grateful for the professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment that they provide.

South Division Hate Crime

The volunteers we have on IAG provide invaluable help to South Division. This includes language skills, cultural awareness and local knowledge.

Police Support Volunteers Application Process Application Process

When applications are open you are able to complete and submit your form online. 

We want to hear all about you, so make sure to include information about yourself, where you can showcase all relevant experience, knowledge, skills and interests. 


If you are successful at the application stage we’ll invite you for an informal interview so that we can get to know you better and discuss how your skills can complement the volunteering role you have applied for. 

This could be face to face or online via Microsoft Teams. You will usually meet a representative of the department you are applying to join and a volunteer coordinator who will support you through the process. 


If you are successful at the interview stage you’ll be asked to provide details about yourself and those closest to you so that we can complete the relevant checks, which will check things such as criminal history. The vetting checks can take up to 12 weeks to complete.

Some roles may require you to complete a medical history questionnaire which will be assessed by our Occupational Health Unit in order to identify any reasonable adjustments that need to be made for you. You may also be required to undertake a drugs test depending on your level of vetting and the role you have applied for.

You will be registered as a Police Support Volunteer, and provided with a Volunteer ID badge. Arrangements will be made for you to commence your volunteering role. 

Police Support Volunteers FAQ’s

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Q: Are there any age restrictions?

A:  We have police support volunteer roles suitable for anyone 18+, with the exception of the Youth Advisory group (14-21) which recruits periodically. If you are interested in volunteering at the age of 13, please see more about our Police Cadets Scheme.

Q: Is there a minimum time commitment?

A:  We ask all volunteers to be able to provide regular commitment required for the role you have applied for, this should be stated within the role advertisement.

Q: Do you have need to wear a uniform?

A: This depends on the volunteer role you have applied for, if there is a uniform requirement, we will supply this for you.

Q: What is police vetting?

A: Different roles require different levels of police vetting, you must be a UK resident and have resided within the country for at least 3 years to undergo vetting. Vetting checks are completed online and look at the criminal history of you and those closest to you. Lancashire Constabulary will not recruit individuals with cautions or convictions which may call into question the integrity of themselves or the police service.

Q:Is there training provided?

A; Training for each role will vary and specialist training will be provided where necessary, this could take place in the form of peer support, distance learning or trainer led. There may be mandatory training which volunteers must complete before the activity can be undertaken and they may be required to regularly refresh training.

Q: Out of pocket expenses?

A: Pre-arranged volunteer expenses can be claimed by anyone who is a registered volunteer with Lancashire Constabulary. Expenses can be claimed for getting to and from your place of volunteering and will be outlined at your volunteer induction.

Q. Who is there to support volunteers?

A. We have dedicated Citizens in Policing volunteer co-ordinator in each area who support volunteers through the recruitment process and into their volunteer role. They are there to advise on all things, from opportunities available, the vetting process and any wellbeing issues once in the role. Once in your role you will also have your line manager to support and task you on a duty basis.

Get in touch with us

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01772 416 417