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Frequently asked questions

What is a Neighbourhood Support Volunteer?

A Neighbourhood Support Volunteer is someone gives up their own time to support their local police service.

What do they do?

They help to run local crime prevention initiatives such as property marking, attend local events such as food festivals, agricultural shows with police community support officers, provide early intervention support to local policing teams and partner agencies such as trading standards and local authorities.

Will I wear a uniform?

Yes, most of the time you will wear a uniform. There may be occasions when you don’t.

How much time would I have to commit?

As much as you wish, however, if you are involved in an operation or event, this could last a number of hours or all day.

What skills and personal qualities do I need?

Good communication skills, empathy, good team working ethos, experience of interacting with vulnerable people is desirable however, empathy is more important.

Will I be trained?

Yes, training will be provided.

Where will I work?

You will be based at your local police station(s) or out in your local community.

Who will I work with?

You will work with police officers, police community support officers, police staff, partner agencies and other volunteers.

Is there an age limit?

You must be over 16 to be a Neighbourhood Support Volunteer.

What are the benefits?

You will meet new people, make new friends, work with like-minded people and will learn new skills, and use your existing skills for the good of the community. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing you have helped make life better for people.

Will expenses be reimbursed?

You can claim for expenses incurred as a result of your duties.

Can volunteers live outside the North Yorkshire Police area?

We accept volunteer applications from out of the area but we do ask you to consider how far you travel as we will not pay for travel expenses outside our force area.