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  1. Hi, I'm a new cadet in the Met and I'm still learning. One of the things that come up on my test is the Code of Conduct. To any staff or more experienced cadets, could you tell me what they are? Thanks.
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    The national survey was commissioned by Chief Constable Dave Jones, the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s business lead for Citizens in Policing, working with the national Citizens in Policing Community of Practice. The Community of Practice was formed in June 2014 drawing together over 25 key stakeholders, including the College of Policing, Home Office, Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers, National Police Chief’s Council, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Neighbourhood Watch, and force and volunteering expertise. Download the full report.
  3. I am pleased to announce that Blakey is the mini mod for the Volunteers area. Blakey has all the same powers as the full mods in this area and as such should be afforded the same respect.
  4. A police force has advertised for volunteers to help clean its fleet of patrol vehicles and visit car boot sales to look for stolen goods. Guardian
  5. Hi all Thought i would write about my role as a Police Support Volunteer, how I got the role and what exactly i do. Well, back in May this year I had decided that, as I only worked 3 evenings a week I would like to do some volunteering in my spare time during the days (especially as there is only so much housework and daytime TV one can put up with) . I searched a local volunteering website which had tons of things on offer. I came across things like helping an old person to do their shopping, helping a disabled lady at the gym, charity shop workers' etc, etc and although these seemed ok it wasn't really me and I wanted something a little bit different that I thought I'd really enjoy doing with maybe a little bit of a challenge. I then read that you could become a volunteer with the Police. This was just my cup of tea I thought. My 17 year old son has been in the Police Cadets for 2 and a half years and at college doing Public Uniformed Services. He wants to eventually join the Police force and because of his passion all he ever talks about is joining, also Police/Cop shows is all we ever seem to have on our TV! Because of my sons cadets I already knew a couple of the local coppers and I've always had great admiration for the Police, so that was decided - I'd look at the various volunteering roles with my local Police force. I was getting a bit disheartened at first as most roles seemed to be in admin - and although I would have loved to do any of that, most stated that you needed to have experience in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, etc which I don't have ..... However, I then came across a role as a Vehicle Equipment Controller - this was asking for someone with just a basic interest/knowledge of cars and confidence at manoeuvring them with a full driving licence. This sounded perfect - I have no mechanical qualifications whatsoever but I have always had a passion for anything car related since I was little. I have been driving since I turned 17, had countless numbers of cars and always enjoyed doing the little bits on my cars like changing bulbs, etc. So that day (May 19th) I wrote an email to the Assistant Volunteer Co-Ordinator at our Lincs Police Headquarters telling them of my interest in the role. I received an email back less than half an hour later saying that my details had been forwarded on to the supervisor for the role who would be in touch shortly. 10 days later I received a phone call from a Sergeant at my local station (Boston) asking if I would like to have a chat/interview with him later that day about the role. I attended the interview with the Sergeant I spoke to (and a female Sergeant) and was told all about the requirements of the role as well as asked questions about myself and what I wanted out of the role, etc. I left feeling excited - but also nervous wondering if they liked me and if really they would prefer a male ex-mechanic rather than a bored housewife, haha. Anyway I must have impressed enough as 4 days later I received a letter saying that they would very much like to offer me the role! Now all I had to do was fill in the numerous vetting and medical forms and send them off asap. I took no time in filling them all out straight away and sending them off that evening. Over 6 weeks later I still hadn't heard anything back and was wondering which part of the vetting procedure or medical I must have failed on. I didn't want to pester anyone but I thought after 6 weeks I'd just ask if they knew anything either good or bad so I knew either way. The volunteer co-ordinator at HQ said that they had received everything from me but was still waiting for one of my referees to send them a reference. As this referee hadn't sent their forms off they said I could get someone else to give another reference instead and email it across. Luckily I got someone else to do this and sent off the next day. 2 days later I received both an email confirming the reference had been received and a phone call from my supervisor (the Sergeant) saying everything had all been cleared and would I like to start my induction 5 days later! So from application date to starting date took 10 weeks altogether but I was told my vetting all got cleared in only 2 weeks and the other 4 weeks they were just waiting for my final reference so it would have been a lot sooner. Well I started my first day on Monday July 27th and (13 weeks later) can honestly say that I am loving every minute of it. I was given a Lincolnshire Police Volunteer polo shirt and a pair of Police combat trousers - I am still waiting for a hi-vis jacket I have just requested ready for the winter weather we may get. I also got a Volunteers pack/folder with lots of information including how to book my hours I've worked on the internet via Duty Sheet. I was also given my own pnn email address to access the Intranet and to email my check sheets after each shift. I use to do 3 days a week (anywhere from 2 to 5 hours a day) but then I started to get the cars done a lot quicker the more I got use to them so now I only need to go in 2 days a week to get them all done. I have 9 marked Police cars/vans to check each week as well as the Inspectors unmarked car and 3 pool cars. As well as vehicle checks I also clean and wash the cars if needed and I sometimes drive them to a local garage if they need tyres, etc and I have also taken cars to HQ 35 miles away. I had to take a basic driving assessment test at HQ in Lincoln so that I could manoeuvre the vehicles around the station and drive them when needed - it was very nerve-wrecking but luckily I passed. I have a vehicle check sheet I have to fill in for each vehicle and I have to write down the mileage, when its due for servicing, are all the emergency devices working (lights, sirens, etc), I have to write down the tyre treads, check seatbelts, oil. water, windscreen washers, wipers, etc and all the inventory kit eg: cones, stingers, frames, first aid kits, accident signs, etc, etc. It took me a little time to get use to it all but now I know everything that's needed off the top of my head I can also name every vehicles full registration number and know which ones have the stingers, ANPR, alcometers, etc - in fact I know the cars that well they are all affectionately now called my babies, haha. For the last 5 weeks I had also been doing another 10 Police car checks/washes at Spalding - another station 15 miles away but due to me having to work an extra night shift on the same day that I was doing 8 hours at that station it was too long and tiring to do both so unfortunately I had to give up that which is a shame as it was a lovely station and all the Police and staff there were so lovely. However I must say that the same goes for my station - every person from the admin to the Chief Inspectors, PCSO's, PCs, caretaker/maintenance team, front desk, CID and visitors to the station everyone is so helpful and friendly. I get thanked countless times a week for what I'm doing which is lovely. Was quite surreal spotting all the 'Police Interceptors' and 'Rookies' off the TV programmes which were both filmed at Boston but now I see them all the time and chat with them etc its nice to know them all in person now. I've also had a couple of the ones off Police Interceptors asking if I can do the checks on their BMW's as we keep 2 or 3 of them in a garage at our station - I wouldn't be allowed to drive them around but I could do the checks - this is something I would love to do and apparently they are now inquiring about me doing them! I have also been shown how to go and put out speed check signs if I want to fill in any hours and I've been asked countless times why don't I join the PCSO's or Specials which does sound tempting but I'll stick with the cars for now, haha. So, like I said so far I am enjoying every minute of my volunteering. Best things about my role are : meeting all the new people, knowing I am helping both the public and all the wonderful coppers who do a great job themselves, proudly seeing 'my' Police cars driving around town safely, fully kitted and looking nice and clean (knowing that I'm responsible for all that). The first time I drove one myself (both around the yard and in the street) was a wow moment and the first time I tested the sirens was cool - now after 150 car checks later its just all in a days work, lol. Haven't had any bad experiences - had a couple of security alerts and some people that are brought into custody can make you feel a little wary but on the whole I would recommend my role to anyone thinking about it!! In my 13 weeks I've volunteered over 130 hours so far - and still wish I co do more!! Hope I have covered most things and haven't bored anyone too much any questions feel free to ask - Malita (PSV206)
  6. Proposals for new powers for 7,000 Police Community Support Volunteers Daily Mail: Full article
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    Police Support Volunteer Honoured at Downing Street Event A Warwickshire Police Support Volunteer has been nominated as a North Warwickshire and Bedworth Community Champion and was invited to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister. New Community Speed Watch Schemes Volunteers in Monmouthshire Gwent are helping officers to warn drivers about their speeding. Over the bank holiday weekend they caught 30 drivers speeding at three sites.
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    North Yorkshire Volunteers Face Freezing Weather In North Yorkshire, more than 40 farmers and Watch volunteers, representing Borderwatch, Thirsk Valewatch, Girsby Watch, Bedale Watch and Stokesley Watch, worked alongside officers from North Yorkshire Police and five other police forces as part of Operation Checkpoint on one of the coldest nights of the year. Northumbria Volunteers to help curb speeding Volunteers from Northumberland villages have been quick to step up to the mark to help keep speeding motorists at bay. The Northumbria Police Community Speed Watch (CSW) scheme has recruited 31 locals from Morpeth, Alnwick, Berwick and Hexham who will assist officers tackling speeding in local areas.
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    Volunteers Support Scenes of Crime State of the art crime scene investigation boxes have been introduced for Post Mortems and Crime Scenes in West Yorkshire after volunteers gave up their time to lend their expertise to the force. These boxes are affectionately known as Red and Green boxes. Telephone Befriending Service In 2012, Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and Avon and Somerset Police began a joint telephone befriending service. It has run as a pilot for two years and is now business as usual. The idea is that police call handlers identify vulnerable adults who contact the Constabulary about non-police matters and offer them over-the-phone support from RVS telephone volunteers.
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    Celebrating National Volunteers Week with our Citizens in Policing Profiles National Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which took place this year on 1-7 June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of Volunteers across the UK. Volunteering Matters would like to take the opportunity to showcase some of our Citizens in Policing who give their time as police volunteers. Guest Article - Lions Club International This issue we welcome an overview of the Lions Club International, which is the world’s largest voluntary service organisation with 1.34 Million members in some 208 countries and geographic areas.
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    Citizens in Policing Conference 2014 The Citizens in Policing Conference 2014 was held 28/29 January 2014 where some 140 delegates, including practitioners, ACPO officers and Police and Crime Commissioners, attended. The conference offered lots of opportunity for delegates to network and share good practice. Proud of Stockport - Rita Armin The ‘Proud of Stockport’ Awards 2014 took place in the Town Hall Ballroom on 4th February 2014. Rita Armin, a Police Support Volunteer with Greater Manchester Police was the winner of the Special Police Award category.
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    GMP Cadets involved in bringing Christmas Cheer GMP Cadets helped wrap Christmas hampers filled with food and winter essentials which were delivered to vulnerable and elderly people across Greater Manchester, bringing some cheer to those who may not otherwise see a friendly face over the festive period. Cash boost for Kent Search and Rescue volunteers The invaluable support given to the force by volunteers at Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR) was recognised recently with a £1,000 donation.
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    Volunteer success at National Ferrers Awards 2013 The Lord Ferrers Awards 2013 were held in June at Westminster. These annual national awards provide an excellent opportunity to recognise the wide range of skills that both Special Constables and Police Support Volunteers bring to policing throughout England and Wales. Cumbrian winners at National Neighbourhood Watch Awards Two Cumbria Police Support volunteers won recognition for their outstanding contribution to administration and management of ‘Cumbria Community Messaging’.
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    GMP launch new Cadet scheme The scheme, developed by Sergeant Jane Butler and Youth Strategy Officer PC Andrew Marsden, is aimed at 13- 17 year-olds and provides a programme of weekly Cadet nights filled with activity, information and – hopefully – some fun. Humberside volunteers in partnership with Fire & Rescue Volunteers who offer their time and effort to Humberside Police are set to wear two hats as their services are shared in partnership with Humberside Fire and Rescue.
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    Police Support Volunteers Success at National Awards On 19 October successful nominees for the National Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteer Awards were invited to The Great Hall, Westminster, London to receive their awards from Lord Taylor of Holbeach, CBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Criminal Information. Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service Community Volunteers Alun James , Community Volunteer, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service tells Volunteering Matters about his volunteer role.
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    Foreword - Justin Davis Smith CBE, CEO Volunteering England We're delighted to welcome Justin Davis Smith CBE, CEO of Volunteering England, as our guest foreword for this edition of Volunteering Matters Tameside Homewatch The 2012 Tameside Home Watch Conference was held recently at Dukinfield Town Hall, with over 100 Home Watch Co-ordinators and invited guests attending.
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    Foreword - Rob Beckley, ACPO National Lead for Citizens in Policing We're delighted to welcome Rob Beckley, DCC of Avon & Somerset Police who is the ACPO National Lead for Citizens in Policing. Spotlight on a Volunteer Janet Gould is a volunteer for Greater Manchester Police and has been an essential part of the South Neighbourhood Policing team for a number of years.
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    Volunteering Matters Launch Welcome to the first ever edition of Volunteering Matters. A foreword by Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. Guest View - Susan J Ellis Each issue we will have a specialist in volunteering guest to share their views with us. This edition we welcome Susan J Ellis, President of Energize, Inc., a training, consulting, and publishing firm that specialises in volunteerism.
  19. Volunteers have contributed more than 35,000 hours of time in the first six months of 2015 to help Bedfordshire Police protect the public and fight crime. Volunteers Week Their “remarkable” contribution, which has included carrying out 236 arrests and writing 3,000 letters to speeding drivers, has been praised by the force during National Volunteers Week (1-7 June). In total the force has more than 1,000 volunteers, who contribute time in various ways. They include Police Support Volunteers, Special Constables, Cadets, Neighbourhood Watch and the Speed Watch and Street Watch schemes which run throughout Bedfordshire. Since January 1, volunteers have contributed over 35,138 hours to Bedfordshire Police: Special Constables have contributed 33,065 hours, an average of 28 hours each, and made 236 arrestsSpeed Watch volunteers across the county have contributed 150 hours, and sent out over 3,000 letters to speeding driversStreet Watch groups in Bedfordshire have contributed around 90 hours, patrolling their communities to promote good citizenship and community cohesionPolice Support Volunteers have contributed 1,833 hours, assisting in various departments across the forceBedfordshire Police Cadets, aged 16-18, have performed 36 duties across the county, including car parking and marshalling at local community eventsVolunteers WeekSuperintendent Paul Schoon, the force’s lead for volunteering, commented: “Volunteers are an essential part of the wider policing family, and the significant contribution they have made to Bedfordshire Police in the first six months of the year is remarkable. “Our volunteers are a vital addition to the force, bringing varied experiences, perspectives and expertise with them. They are helping to support our vision of being a well-respected, high performing, efficiently run police service.” To mark Volunteers Week, Luton Neighbourhood Watch will be hosting a coffee morning on 3 June from 10am at the Lewsey Community Centre, and will have a stall at South Luton Community Action Day on 6 June from 11am. Source

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