Special Constables are members of the public who volunteer their time in order to support their regular colleagues and provide a valuable link between the police and the local community.
They are warranted officers who have the same powers as a regular officer, wear the same uniform and carry the same equipment.
For further information on how to become a Special Constable visit www.humberside.police.uk/become-special
Police Community Safety Volunteers
The Police Volunteer support scheme was first established in Humberside Police in April 2008 to promote community involvement in policing through volunteering. Individuals from the community were encouraged to become volunteers with Humberside Police and use their skills, experience and knowledge to support Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers and support staff.
There are now dedicated teams of volunteers across the Force area undertaking specific tasks assisting Humberside Police in the achievement of its targets, its local policing priorities and increasing community involvement.
Since the scheme’s inception in 2008, volunteers have given to date nearly 60.000 hours of voluntary assistance, building important links between the police, and their own communities by providing opportunities for individuals to make a positive contribution to their local area. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, with different experiences and skills which enhance the work of the police.
Volunteers who offer their time and effort to Humberside Police now have a dual role as their services are shared in partnership with Humberside Fire and Rescue, assisting them with delivering, developing and supporting some of their key areas of business. The volunteers will be involved in a variety of work including home and fire safety support, engaging with local communities at events, administrative tasks and undertaking role playing activities.
Rural Community Safety Volunteers
Most of our volunteers are based in towns and cities, but there has recently been a campaign to recruit volunteers based in rural areas, particular those who would like to patrol the countryside and villages on horseback.
Josie Foster was one of the first Rural Community Safety Volunteers, together with her horse Phoenix she has spent the last year communicating with the public, giving advice and providing information to uniformed colleagues.
James Glansfield, Humberside Police Chief Inspector (Neighbourhoods) said: “The rural community safety volunteer scheme is an excellent opportunity for Humberside police to be visible and engage with some of our more rural communities by using volunteers who already live and ride in the area.
It is wonderful to see people combining their love of horse with public service. RCSV’s are assisting the force deliver crime prevention advice and increase visibility among the farming, rural and rambling communities. Whilst putting out messages and raising awareness of risks the volunteers also feed back information as an integral part of our community policing teams.
We are looking to expand the scheme into other parts of the force area and would welcome enquiries and applications through our website or 101.”
Volunteers are used to assist and enhance and never used to replace paid members of staff.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact Joy Harvie, Humberside Police Community Safety Unit on 01482 220723 or alternatively e-mail Joy on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.humberside.police.uk
Independent Custody Visitors
The purpose of the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme's is to make unannounced visits on police custody suites to check on the welfare of those who are being detained. Acceptable conditions for detainees to be held in are outlined in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (Code C), all custody suites should conform to these guidelines. If you would like to know more about the Scheme or are interested in becoming a Scheme volunteer please access the information in the links below.
What is an Independent Custody Visitor
Independent Custody Visitor Job Description
Become a volunteer for this scheme