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Do you want to find out how to become a police volunteer?

21 May 2015 13:19 PM

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Police in Newcastle will host an online forum to encourage more volunteers to join the force.

On Tuesday, June 2, officers from the city's Neighbourhood Policing Team will be joined by a host of police cadets to answer questions about volunteering opportunities in Northumbria Police.

Members of the public will be able to find out more about taking part in schemes including the Special Constabulary, Police Cadets and Community Speedwatch groups.

The online forum will run between 5pm and 7pm and will also give people the chance to find out how to get involved in community enterprises such as Neighbourhood Watch.

Neighbourhood Inspector Darren Adams said: "This is a great chance for the community to find out more about the vast opportunities available in our force.

"It will be especially beneficial for young people as cadets from our volunteer police cadet scheme will be on hand to talk about the scheme, let them know what sort of activities they can get involved in and how they support policing.

"The scheme gives young people the chance to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award as well as gain valuable skills and experience for the future, whether they're considering a career in policing or not.

"Special Constables will also be on hand to tell people about the role of being a special. Many of our specials tell us they find the role incredibly rewarding and feel like giving something back to the community."

Further volunteering opportunities are available at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. People can volunteer to sit on the rape scrutiny or court observer panels, the independent audit committee or an advisory group. Opportunities also exist to get involved in dog welfare visiting and independent custody visiting.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: "Being a volunteer is an incredibly worthwhile experience, allowing people to help others while giving those who do it a real sense of achievement that their work is making a difference to people's lives.

"I would encourage people to go along to this event to find out more about the opportunities available to them.

"The volunteers for both the force and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner do a fantastic job and we're always looking for others to join them.

"I would love to hear from more people who wish to volunteer for the OPCC. People can find out more about these volunteering opportunities via my website."

To take part in the forum visit http://www.northumbria.police.uk/your_neighbourhood/online/.

The event is one of many being held by the force as part of National Volunteers Week which this year runs from June 1 to June 7.

For more information about volunteering opportunities within Northumbria Police visit the 'Working for Us' section of our website.

Opportunities to volunteer for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner can be found at www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/volunteers/