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Police appeal for more volunteers

Police volunteer.
Police volunteer.

Suffolk Constabulary is appealing for volunteers for its Local Policing Volunteer pilot scheme.

The scheme was launched in Stanton and other surrounding villages but has now been opened up to the whole county.

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Kearton said: “Volunteers are extremely important for the constabulary and we recognise the tremendous contribution they make.

“It’s important to stress the volunteers will not be involved in any official tasking or deployments – they will be the eyes and ears of their local community to report any unusual activity to uniformed officers who will then take the appropriate action.”

The role will involve detecting crime by promoting effective communication and prompt people to report suspicious or criminal activity in their area.

Volunteers are not expected to become involved in any incident where conflict or threat exists and have no power of arrest or detention.

Full induction training will be provided and the volunteers will have access to their local police station to attend appropriate briefings.

To be eligible you must be aged over 18 years – there is no upper age limit – and able to work up to a maximum of 20 hours a week.

Hours are mutually agreed locally.

You will not be required to wear uniform and will be covered by public liability insurance wherever they undertake their voluntary duties.

Volunteers will need to undergo and pass security checks at the appropriate level for the role, although no medical assessment is required.

For further information go to www.suffolk.pnn.police.uk/joinus

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