Our community volunteer scheme
Our community volunteers are vital. The support, knowledge and
experience they offer our police officers and staff ensures that
organisational capabilities, performance and core policing work is
carried out to a high standard. They also provide the highest level
of service to the public, add to the diversity of our workforce and
help us see things from a different perspective.
Why should I be a community volunteer with British
When you volunteer with us, you’ll become part of our team and
learn how a national, specialised police force works. In return,
we’ll help you gain valuable skills and provide you with
By volunteering with us you can -
- Gain new skills and experiences – We’ll do our
best to help you to develop the skills you want. Our roles are
varied so you have the chance to gain a broad skill set.
- Use your skills and experience – While
learning new skills you can keep your existing skill set up to
date. We'll try and find a role that uses your skills to their
- Enhance your CV – Most employers see volunteering
as an essential component of any CV. Volunteering also gives you
strong examples that can be valuable in interviews.
- Make a difference to your community –
Volunteers help us make the railways safer. You
will have the chance to work on community initiatives that can
be very rewarding.
- Meet new people – You will meet and work
with a range of police officers and staff. They will welcome you
into the team and do all they can to help you with your
- Gain an insight into British Transport Police
– Whether you are interested in a career with us or want
to learn more about what we do, volunteering allows you to see
‘behind the scenes’.
Being a volunteer is a very rewarding experience. Hear more from
some of our
volunteers about how they make the difference.
How to apply
If you’re enthusiastic and want to make a positive contribution
to British Transport Police, please do the following:
- FInd a role you would like to apply for on our
- When you find a role you would like to apply for call
020 7521 6860
An advisor will send you an application form and invite you for
an interview so we can find out about your skills and experience
and why you would like to volunteer with us. This will help us
identify a suitable volunteer role for you. You will also have the
opportunity to ask questions. If we have no available or suitable
roles we will keep your application on file.
We carry out vetting including checks for any criminal
records and financial difficulty due to the nature of our work. You
must have been resident in the UK for at least three years before
you apply to be able to complete this.
When you start
When we have completed the recruitment and vetting process,
you'll be ready to volunteer with us.
We will provide you with -
- A BTP volunteer induction to give an overview
of the organisation, our visions and values. This will include an
online induction and an invitation to a group induction day. We
advise that you attend this within three months of starting your
- Support - You'll be introduced to a volunteer
facilitator who will ensure you are happy in your role and you have
everything you need.
- Training – Depending on your role you may be
offered specific training to help you gain more knowledge or
- Development - We aim to make volunteering
fulfilling and challenging and we will help you with your
development as much as we can. This includes regular development
days for volunteers providing information on British Transport
Police initiatives and an opportunity to meet other volunteers from
across the force.
- Recognition - We appreciate everyone who
donates their time to us and we arrange annual divisional and
national award ceremonies to recognise this dedication.
- Reimbursement of out of pocket expenses – We
will reimburse reasonable travel expense depending on your hours of
volunteering, we may provide a subsistence payment.
What we expect
If you are successful in becoming a volunteer with us we would
expect you to -
- Volunteer hours – Complete a minimum of
eight hours a month for six months. You are
of course welcome to complete more hours and stay with us much
- Recording volunteer hours – Record your
volunteering hours regularly via an electronic system that can be
accessed from home as well as from a force computer.
- Adhere to Force policy and procedures – As a
volunteer representing British Transport Police we expect you to be
professional and follow our values and standards of behaviour.