Community Policing Volunteer roles
Review the roles below for the Community Policing Volunteer (CPV) and apply online.
Learn transferrable skills and give something back to your community in a uniformed role, working alongside full-time officers and staff in the Community Safety Unit, and patrolling rural and urban areas.
You will be provided full training and mentored by a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) to ensure you have developed all the core skills necessary to work independently.
You will be given legal powers and access to Kent Police systems. As part of the role you’ll provide assurance to the public and be a point of contact for the community, utilising your powers to deal with issues such as anti-social behaviour and traffic issues, working with partners to resolve longer term community issues.
As part of the recruitment process, you will also be required to run a 15m track in time with bleeps which get increasingly faster (level 5.4 bleep test). If you fail on your first attempt don't worry. You're allowed two more attempts within 12 weeks.
The Kent Joint response Unit is staffed by officers and the South-East Coast Ambulance Service. The unit is the first of its type in the South of England and has been running in the Medway and Swale districts for just over a year, providing emergency medical response to a wide variety of live incidents.
As a Community Policing Volunteer, you could be working within this successful team, providing support to dedicated professionals, working in a unique environment joining law-enforcement with emergency medical care.
Please read the job responsibilities in the full along with the skills and eRecruitment guidance before starting your application.
Within the application form you must answer the following questions in no more than 500 words (max 166 per question). We'd advise you think about this first and pre-write your answers.
- Why do you want to become a Community Policing Volunteer?
- What skills do you have to help you perform the role of Community Policing Volunteer?
- Why do you think the skills you have described in Q2 are relevant to the role of Community Policing Volunteer?
Within your answers, please include any experience, skills and abilities you feel you have that will make you suitable. Your response could include how you may have resolved a difficult situation, managed conflict or worked with other agencies or partners for your community.
What happens next?
Step 1 - Application submitted
Complete and submit your application within the Apply Online section above.
Step 2 - Shortlisting
Completed application forms are shortlisted and successful applicants are selected to move on to the Assessment Centre.
Interviews will be held at Kent Police College in Maidstone. You'll undergo an interview where you'll be asked questions in relation to:
- Analyse criticality
- Taking ownership
- Emotionally aware
You'll also be asked to complete a listening and written exercise which will test your report writing skills as well as spelling and grammar.
Step 1 – Vetting checks
Even though being a Community Policing Volunteer is a volunteer role, it's a very serious and important one. So you'll understand we need to carry out checks on our volunteers and their families.
This includes you, your spouse/partner (and their children if over 10 years old), family members (including step relations) and any other adults who live at your address. Financial checks will also be carried out to make sure you don't have an outstanding CCJ, IVA or are registered bankrupt. IVAs will be considered on a case by case basis. If you've discharged your bankruptcy debts you'll need verification from the Court that 3 years has passed since the date of discharge.
If you fail vetting, you have a right to appeal. This must be made in writing or by email within 14 days and must detail why you want to appeal the decision and anything else you want taken into consideration. If you're unsure why you've failed we can talk to you and answer your questions before making an appeal.
Step 2 – Medical screening
You'll be asked to complete a medical questionnaire and returned directly (confidentially) to our Health Team.
If all ok, it will be examined by one of our appointed medical practitioners who'll check all details provided.
Step 3 - Home visit
We carry out a home visit as part of the security checks. An officer will complete a questionnaire during the visit to:
- verify identity
- seek clarification on known associates or others residing at the address
- ensure you have a realistic understanding of the role and requirements
Step 4 – Fingerprints and DNA
Samples of your fingerprints and DNA will be taken to carry out some final vetting checks against various national databases. You'll be required to consent in writing to this process.
Step 5 – References
We'll ask for references from each of your previous employers and/or educational establishments for the last 3 years. Any gaps in employment will need to be explained and verified.
If you haven't been in employment for 3 years, we'll ask for a character or educational reference.
Training consists of a two day induction course, followed by tailored modules which will be dependent on the CPV role you're applying for.
Modules may include law, policy and procedure, crime and the recording of crime and dealing with traffic incidents.