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Volunteers needed to head out on the beat

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 17, 2014

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PEOPLE in South Derbyshire could soon be heading out on the beat with bobbies – as part of an effort to get communities more involved with the police force.

Derbyshire Police has launched a search for volunteers to take on a wide variety of activities supporting officers in the area.

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

Assistant chief constable Gary Knighton said: “Volunteers already play an important role in supporting the force through the special constabulary.

“Our police support volunteers scheme will offer a wider variety of volunteering activities to members of the public which will assist us to maintain a high quality of service to the public of Derbyshire.

“We are introducing a number of volunteering opportunities at the launch which we will build upon over the coming years.

“I would encourage people to have a look at the volunteering activities on offer and register their interest.”

The recruitment campaign opens on Saturday, June 28 and people will be able to register their interest online at www.derbyshire.police.uk.

Volunteers will team up with police officers, PCSOs, special constables and police staff to provide additional support. They will be able to claim for expenses and there are no minimum hours to complete.

Derbyshire’s police and crime commissioner Alan Charles (pictured) said: “Volunteers play an important role within the police family, bringing a diversity of skills to our team.

“With such a wide variety of activities, there are numerous opportunities to make a difference.

“I’m keen to see more members of the public involved in policing as they help us build new links with communities.”

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