Senior officers are to take to cyber space tomorrow to provide guidance to budding police volunteers through a new live web chat.
Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Force Performance Improvement Unit will be logged in and online to speak directly with residents who are interested in taking on the specific role of Community Volunteer from 7pm on Thursday, October 3.
Inspector Dan Wood and Sergeant Vanessa Rolfe will be online to speak to anyone with queries about helping out in their community through the role which will give them the chance to get out and about with officers at events and help prevent crime.
Community Volunteering is less formal than other volunteer roles (such as being a Special Constable or Explorer) and is intended to provide an outlet for people who wish to help their communities in an ‘ad hoc’ way but cannot commit to formal hours.
Those who agree to sign up will have their details added to a database for officers to contact them by email to see if they can help out at events or provide support to initiatives.
Work typically carried out by Community Volunteers can also include:
•Assisting at police operations or initiatives such as festivals, sports events, Bonfire night etc
•Assisting at community Contact Points, neighbourhood Open Days or other public engagement duties
•Using speed cameras in identified problem areas to improve road safety
•Multi-agency community action days, intelligence gathering, leaflet drops or environmental visual audits
•Re-visiting victims of crime and providing crime prevention advice
Inspector Dan Wood, of the Force Performance Improvement Unit said: “We know that there is a massive public willingness to help the police and this scheme aims to tap into that for everyone’s benefit.
“Quite understandably, many people don’t have the time to help us out frequently. However, because this scheme is about people helping us when they are able to it suits individuals and the police will still get much-appreciated support. Being able to call upon significant numbers of community-spirited people who can don a high visibility vest and work alongside us at a wide range of policing initiatives will help keep communities’ safe and feeling safe.”
The Web chat will take place between 7pm and 8.30pm on Thursday October 3.
Users can view the live chat at http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/volunteeringwebchat - and can also set an email reminder prior to the event to remind you that the event is due to start.