Derbyshire police calls for volunteer back-up

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A PILOT scheme to allow volunteers to help the police in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales is due to be launched in late October.

The police support volunteers will be appointed to help with administration tasks to assist the Safer Neighbourhood teams throughout the area.

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “At the moment we rely on uniformed Special Constables to support their regular police colleagues. We’re hoping that we can now recruit some new volunteers to help with the paperwork and practical tasks. This will allow Safer Neighbourhood officers to spend more time on the streets where the public want them to be.”

Some volunteers will be asked to take messages, arrange meetings, take minutes, update computer records and perform other administrative work. Others will help by distributing leaflets, putting up posters, washing cars or doing other manual tasks.

All volunteers must be at least 18-years-old and will undergo an interview and be asked to provide references. They will also have to have their background checked before they can start work.

Everyone will receive appropriate training and will be expected to maintain high standards of conduct.

ACC Collins added: “We recognise that there are many community-spirited people who have the spare time, skills and dedication to offer their services voluntarily.

“We’re looking for people who have a range of abilities which could include good communication skills, organisational talents, an aptitude for using computer technology or a flair for manual or DIY work. Volunteers will be paid expenses but no salary.

“The roles the volunteers will take up are not jobs which have previously been filled by paid employees. We hope that people will support this initiative to improve the service the Derbyshire Constabulary can provide to local residents and visitors to the county.”

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