Who Are Volunteers?

All sorts of people volunteer, across a wide age range, with a variety of different backgrounds, skills and life experiences.  Basically, a Volunteer is a non-uniformed member of staff who assists at police stations or administrative centres conducting a variety of roles.

The role of a Volunteer is designed to enhance the work of the police and provide additional support in the area where the Volunteer lives or works. This is even more crucial now with the introduction of Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs). NPTs are about local policing; police and partners working with the community, to identify and tackle issues of concern within your neighbourhood.

All Volunteers assist police and staff who are then able to concentrate on core policing duties. As a result there are more officers on the streets and improved community support.

Although you will not be paid a salary, your volunteering role should not leave you out of pocket. You can claim expenses for travelling to and from your place of duty, meal allowance if you work more than four hours together. Click here to meet our Police Support Volunteers (PSVs).

Age Restrictions

Please note that for certain roles you must be 18 years or older due to the nature of the positions. The positions to which this age limit applies will be clearly marked below. All other roles can be applied by those aged between 16 and 80 years old. For insurance reasons, Dorset Police does not invite volunteer applications from people over the age of 80.

Volunteering Vacancies

Position Location Availability
Business Engagement Volunteer Ferndown 1 vacancy
Neighbourhood Engagement Poole 1 vacancy
CCTV Operator (18+) Wimborne 5 vacancies
OPCC Engagement Volunteer Countywide Ongoing
Vehicle Cleaner (18+) Dorchester 2 vacancies
Workshop Driver and Cleaner (18+) Weymouth 1 vacancy


Download the application pack


For more information on these volunteer roles please contact the Organisational Development Recruitment Team. Tel: 01305 223794

Please submit all applications to the following address: Organisational Development, Volunteers Recruitment, Human Resources Department, Dorset Police Headquarters, Winfrith, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8DZ

Or by email to volunteers-recruitment@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Please be aware that applications may take up to 3 - 4 months to process.

Latest News and Updates

Please note there are currently no vacancies for Forensic volunteers within Dorset Police.

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