Warwickshire is a safe place to live and crime figures remain low. However, we can all play a part in reducing crime even further and helping to improve community safety. There are a wide range of opportunities for people who want to help make a safer, more secure Warwickshire.
Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police
The Police and Crime Commissioner has launched the process to find the next Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police.
The Commissioner is looking to find a dynamic and inspirational leader to help shape the next chapter of the delivery of public services to the benefit of communities in Warwickshire.
It follows the decision of the force’s current Chief Constable Martin Jelley QPM to retire at the end of June.
Other opportunities to get involved
Independent Custody Visitors
We are keen to hear from people interested in volunteering as Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs)
Independent Custody Visitors are volunteers recruited by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner from the local community. They are independent of the police service. Following training, they work in pairs and are able to make unannounced visits to police stations within their force area to check on the welfare of people detained in custody. They observe, comment and report on the conditions and treatment of people detained. They check that the statutory rights and entitlements governing the welfare of detainees are being observed.
As an Independent Custody Visitor, you would have a vital role in ensuring the welfare of persons in police custody in Warwickshire and strengthening public confidence in police custody practices. You would be assigned to a Panel near to where you live or work and with another custody visitor you would be asked to make unannounced visits to the local police station(s) with custody suites.
As a volunteer you will be given the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your community, develop your skills and experience, meet people and make friends. You will be provided with training and support to carry out the role. The role is voluntary (unpaid), although travelling expenses are paid.
The scheme does not require a lot of a volunteer’s time but there would be some unsocial hours as visits can take place at any time within a 24 hour period. You would be expected to make a commitment to carry out a minimum of one custody visit per month (lasting approximately one hour plus travel time). In addition you would be expected to attend two evening Panel meetings per year, and one or two meetings or training events usually held on Saturdays.
To be eligible to apply you must be over 18, live or work in the Warwickshire policing area, and have been a resident of the UK for at least 3 years. You will not be suitable if there could be a conflict of interest e.g. you are a serving Police Officer or Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) or if you have a criminal conviction. All applications are subject to Police vetting.
In South Warwickshire, volunteers are being sought to help with visits to the police cells in Leamington Spa, filling a number of vacancies on the southern panel. Meanwhile, expressions of interest in joining the northern panel – which inspects custody facilities in Nuneaton – are also being accepted to fill any vacancies which may arise in future.
If you would like to be considered for a role within the scheme, please register your interest with the scheme administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be in touch with more information on the next stages of the process.
Warwickshire Police Cadets
Warwickshire Police Police Cadets is a volunteer scheme for young people which has been operating in Leamington and Nuneaton since 2014. The aim of the scheme is to support Warwickshire Police’s strategy of engagement with young people throughout the force area.
It is aimed at young people who wish to be part of a two year programme that offers an opportunity to gain a practical understanding of policing and develop their spirit of adventure and good citizenship.
Cadets support local policing priorities through volunteering, working with partner agencies and positive participation in their communities.
They take part in a variety of activities including self-defence training, marching, fitness, team building, role playing and Outdoor events.
Citizens’ Academies enable people in our communities to develop an insight into policing and experience what their local policing teams do to protect them, their families, friends and colleagues from harm. This is delivered through a 10-week taught course delivered to 25 students aged 18 or over.
Academies are held several times of year in the north and south of the county.