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Volunteers and Special Constables

Volunteering for South Wales Police provides you with an exciting and rewarding opportunity to assist and support Police Officers and Police Staff to help us achieve the our policing priorities.

We have a vast amount of opportunities for you to get involved with to become part of the policing family.


Special Constabulary
You already have a career you love – now you want a different challenge in your spare time. If you can commit to at least 16 hours a month, bring integrity and common sense to everything you do and stay calm under pressure, we want to hear from you. As volunteer Police Officers, Special Constables have full police powers, uniform and equipment and work alongside full-time Police Officers and PCSOs to keep South Wales safe. Volunteers for the Special Constabulary come from all walks of life. You may be at home, bringing up a family, or employed in any one of a wide variety of jobs. The diversity and varied experiences of the Special Constabulary helps the police service to represent the communities they serve.
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You will be trained to use the same powers as full-time police constables – there will be a lot for you to learn. Once successful in your application you will complete a part time initial training programme which covers classroom based teaching, practical training and distance learning. After this you will begin to carry out your role as a special constable, working alongside an experience police officer or special constable until you are ready to work independently.  You will be expected to commit at least 16 hours a month for the rest of your service.

During your service you will deal with a varied range of incidents. There will be times when you will experience confrontation; you will arrest suspects and attend often distressing events, but it won’t be all blue lights and car chases.

You will be there for people in times of need, there will be occasions when you don’t finish your shift on time and when it feels like all you do is complete paperwork. But if you have the drive to make a difference in your community you will get a great deal out of working alongside full-time officers to make South Wales safer.

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Police Support Volunteers
Police Support Volunteers are are an integral part of South Wales Police. They are people who give their time freely to perform tasks which complement the duties performed by police officers and staff. They are part of the police culture and are highly valued not only for the direct support they provide but for the key links to the community. They are vetted and undertake many varied tasks depending upon the needs and constraints of each individual police force.

Police Student Volunteers

The Student Volunteer scheme runs parallel with the South Wales Police, Police Support Volunteer Scheme. For the last 6  years the students of South Wales and in particular Cardiff, Swansea Universities and the University of Glamorgan (Treforest) have become pro actively involved in keeping their local communities safe, for both the benefit of the community and the student population of the campus and student villages.

It is encouraging that students engage with the local community in a friendly way, so often the public only see the bad side of the student community and consequently blame many problems (rightly or wrongly) on them. By getting involved and talking to people and solving problems, the public have been able to see that students do care and are interested in the views and opinions of the general community.

The activities undertaken by the student volunteers have also been used by the Universities in their Police Sciences BSc, for example, to provide practical case studies in the teaching of research methods to the students. Working under the direction of members of the Neighbourhood Policing Teams you will engage directly with serving Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers.

The recruitment of Police Student Volunteers is initially administered through the Student Volunteer Council in each campus, working in partnership with members of the local neighbourhood Policing teams.

The normal recruitment of Student Volunteers takes place in May and September each year and the competition for placements is extremely high. Further details can be obtained from your Students Union.

Police and Crime Commissioner Volunteer Opportunities
There are also opportunities to support our Police and Crime Commissioner to hold the police to account by independently checking how we care for the people in our custody and our animals by volunteering with our:

Volunteer Chaplains
The main role purpose is to provide and co-ordinate an inter-denominational pastoral support service to police officers and staff employed by South Wales Police, together with support for Special Constables, and other volunteers whilst deployed within the force, and their families.