Police chiefs seek volunteers to help in Derbyshire

Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire Alan Charles
Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire Alan Charles
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Police chiefs in Derbyshire are looking for volunteers to help the force.

From June 28, Derbyshire Constabulary will be recruiting people to take on responsibilities supporting policing across the county.

Activities police are looking to fill range from organising warrants and heading out on the beat with offers in crime prevention campaigns.

The aim is to give people the chance to get involved with local policing and to help reduce the amount of time officers spend in police stations.

Police chiefs are rolling it out across Derbyshire following a successful year-long trial.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton said: “We are introducing a number of volunteering opportunities at the launch which we will build upon over the coming years.

“The pilot scheme that we have run has demonstrated the value that volunteering brings, both in terms of freeing up officers’ and staff time and in giving members of the public the opportunity to support local policing by bringing new skills into the organisation.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “I’m keen to see more members of the public involved in policing as not only do they make a valuable contribution to community safety but they help us build new links with communities, which is something I wish to see developed still further.

“However, there is a clear principle that none of these volunteer activities will replace employees.”