Have you got a few hours to spare during the week?
Why not consider joining our team as a volunteer
By volunteering with Kent Police you'll bring your skills, experience and enthusiasm to teams working to reduce crime and anti social behaviour in your community.
- Anyone age 18 or older, and who meets the criteria below.
- You'll also need to be computer literate as most of the training you'll have to take is e-learning based.
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As a volunteer you will:
- meet new people and make new friends from a range of different backgrounds
- gain valuable skills and experience
- make a positive contribution by helping reduce crime and disorder
- work as part of a team in a professional environment.
We ask our volunteers to commit to at least a year with us, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.
You'll perform your role at a time which suits your personal needs and work commitments, as well as the needs of the team you're assigned to.
We're a large organisation and when you join us, even as a volunteer, there are a few steps you'll have to take:
- Complete a short application form
- Attend an informal interview to check your skills and abilities to make sure we match you to the right role
- Vetting - we'll ask for personal, family and financial details
- You'll be given an identity pass
- Complete an e-learning training package so you understand the security issues around data, police premises and personnel
- You'll take further in-house, computer-based and hands-on training to meet the needs of your placement.
We'll aim to carry out the above, with the exception of issuing your pass, at a location that suits you. The whole process can take 6 to 8 weeks, but it depends on a range of factors.
If we're oversubscribed and can't offer you a volunteer placement in your local community, we'll refer you to a like minded partner organisation, such as Kent Search and Rescue or South East 4X4.
Once you're trained and are familiar with our policies and procedures, there's a range of placements available:
- Supporting the work of the county's Neighbourhood Watch schemes
- Administrative support to officers/staff working in community safety and investigation units
- Filing and storing a large body of investigative material.
All our volunteers must be vetted, and the following restrictions are in place:
- You must have lived in the UK for the past 3 years and you must not have lived or worked abroad for more than 3 months at a time during this period
- If you have a visa for your stay in the UK, there should be no restrictions of any kind placed on it
- You have to live in Kent.
- Any previous criminal convictions or cautions (including those spent), fixed penalty notices, traffic offences or any involvement with the police must be declared and they may affect your application.
‘I decided to join as a volunteer as being a team player and now retired; I looked for a voluntary role that offered me a place within a team environment. I like meeting new people and having the flexibility of having a role that works around my spare time. I work with the Local District Policing Team, a great team who cover a diverse range of policing duties.’
Volunteer, North Division
‘I’ve been a force volunteer for about a year, working in two different departments. I retired eight years ago but this has given me something else to focus on. This role really fits in around my family life as I sometimes collect my grandchildren from school. I feel like a valued member of the team and I find the role interesting and enjoyable.’
Volunteer, East Division
‘After spending about 24 to 25 years as a special constable, I felt that I still had a lot to give, and to carry on helping the people of Kent. I now work in the Safer Home Store in Bluewater. I work alongside the Crime Prevention Team helping and giving advice to members of the public. I meet all kinds of people and lots of children; educating children at a young age is very important, especially about keeping safe.’
Volunteer, North Division
If you're interested in applying to be a volunteer and need more information, you can speak to your local Volunteer Liaison Officer.
- Medway, Dartford, Gravesend and Swale: Michael Laidlow - 01634 792131
- Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells: Pria Webster - 01622 604395
- Ashford, Dover, Deal and Folkestone: Andrew Judd - 01233 896151
- Canterbury and Thanet: Adam Sackett - 01843 222214 / 07980 683802
Alternatively, you can email the team.