Volunteer with us

There are a variety of volunteering roles available in BTP. To apply for any of the roles below or for more information, please call 020 7521 6860.

Volunteer with us

Citizens in Policing Volunteer – London (FHQ)

Citizens in Policing are looking for a volunteer to assist the team in a broad range of administrative tasks relating to Stop and Search, Volunteers, Cadets and RSAS (Railway Safety Accreditation Scheme). Examples of tasks include; responding to volunteer/RSAS/Cadet/Stop and Search enquiries, vetting, creating newsletters, problem solving, assisting with Stop and Search reports, and minute taking. This opportunity will provide the volunteer with a unique and broad insight into the workings of Citizens in Policing, and the strands that connect BTP with the community. We’re looking for a volunteer who has good interpersonal and communication skills, is literate and proficient in usual Microsoft applications of Word, Excel and PowerPoint and has a desire to make a difference in Citizens in Policing. All BTP volunteers are subject to vetting checks, must be 18 or over and have lived in the UK for 3 years or more.

Volunteer Role Player – Search Dog Training - London

Explosive Search Dogs (ESD) are vital in contributing to BTP’s counter terrorism strategy. They are deployed on a daily basis throughout the country in order to keep the travelling public safe. ESD follow a strict programme of training and licensing in order to be deployed operationally. Before a team is able to be put forward for licensing they are required to have completed a set number of training days in people screening, in which the dog needs to detect a scent hidden on a person. Volunteers are vital in ensuring that the ESD teams are given the highest level of training possible and that it is as realistic as possible. This will positively impact on the standard of ESD teams, significantly increasing their chances of success. The volunteer will be required to carry a training aid at a train station during normal operating hours. This will be for a number of scenarios as directed by the instructor. The dogs used for people screening are currently either of the Spaniel or Labrador breed. Those that are allergic to dogs or nervous around dogs should not apply. There is no specific training required in order to undertake this role. A full briefing will be given to the volunteer before the commencement of each training scenario.

Divert Team Support Volunteer

British Transport Police are launching an exciting partnership with Divert, a custody programme designed to divert 18-25 years olds away from offending and into employment, development and education. Young persons who are arrested and brought into Police Custody will be offered a meeting with a member of the Divert Team, who will identify what can be done to support them, both on leaving custody and in the long term. Volunteers will contact relevant partners; those who provide services relating to jobs, mentoring, sports, training, college or housing. Volunteers will also be required to update results via IT, verbally to colleagues and follow up with young persons. Escorting persons to placements will also be required. We are looking to recruit volunteers who are confident and able to speak to persons in a challenging environment. An interest in and an ability to engage with young people will be necessary. Volunteers will need to be patient and calming with the ability to listen and ask relevant questions. A commitment to confidentiality and improving the life chances of young people is also needed. The role will be based in Brewery Road Custody (Islington). 5 day training introduction to Divert will be provided externally to BTP. Vetting will be required to BTP’s NPPV3 standard as you will be working with potentially young and vulnerable persons. Volunteers will be under supervision at all times whilst in the custody suite.

Stop & Search Scrutiny Panel Members – Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Reading

British Transport Police (BTP) is embarking on ambitious plans to improve our stop and search scrutiny and we need your help. We are building on arrangements that are already in place for BTP in London and expanding Stop & Search Scrutiny Panels across England, Wales and Scotland by the end of 2019. There are no qualifications required, just enthusiasm and a desire to represent your community’s view. We ask that you are prepared to commit to a minimum of four evenings or weekend meetings per year and you will have the opportunity to observe our officers on patrol, operations or training. The Stop & Search Scrutiny Panels will discuss BTP’s stop and search performance as well as scrutinising anonymised stop and search records and comparing against Body Worn Video (BWV). Your views will then be fed back to BTP and help shape how BTP carries out stop and search – you have the opportunity to make a real difference.

Independent Advisory Group Members – Bristol and Birmingham

Our IAGs help us engage with communities, develop our plans and act as critical friends reviewing our activity and operations. The groups consist of volunteers drawn from various backgrounds and communities and members should have an interest in policing and its effects on communities; the group members bring relevant expertise, experience and integrity. Our Midland IAG is expanding and our Western IAG is newly formed and recruiting; we’re looking for volunteers to attend quarterly meetings as well as occasional operational activities in order to provide independent feedback. Applicants should also have strong communication and organisational skills.

History Group Volunteer

The British Transport Police History Group are looking to recruit a volunteer to assist with an oral histories project; group members will be undertaking interviews of retired officers and staff members and are in need of a volunteer with a good listening ear, typing skills and attention to detail to document the content of the interviews. The role will probably be best suited to someone with an interest in policing and/or history more generally, but that’s not necessarily essential. Applicants for this role can be based at any location and can do the majority of the work from home as it can be sent over electronically; the role will be suited to someone patient and organised with a few hours to spare each month.

Stop and Search Support Volunteer - London

This role is to support BTP’s Stop and Search Coordinator in Camden in auditing the force’s stop and search activity as well as assisting with the preparations and administration of Stop and Search Community Meetings and Scrutiny Panel Meetings. This role will provide volunteers with a unique insight into the workings of stop and search both from a community perspective as well as a policing perspective and the role will include tasks such as minute taking and distribution, evaluation of internal policies and content and interpretation of various reports relating to stop and search. Applicants will need to be proficient with Microsoft Office, prepared to travel UK-wide for meetings (expenses will be covered) as well as attend some evening meetings and be motivated to make a difference around stop and search activity in London.

SAME Communications Volunteer - London

The Support Association for Minority Ethnic Staff (SAME) at BTP are looking for a volunteer to help to enhance the association’s communication with its members. SAME raises awareness of various faith and culture concerns and the volunteer in this role will support the General Secretary as well as various other members of the committee. Tasks will also include the maintenance of the membership database and the creation of a regular newsletter. The volunteer in this role will also assist with the organisation of internal events to raise the profile of SAME and applicants should have relevant experience in producing/editing content, administrative skills and strong IT skills. The role will primarily be based at Finsbury Park station with some events in Camden.

Scrutiny Panel Members – Leeds

Volunteer panel members needed to take part in meetings designed to improve the way British Transport Police deal with Hate Crime and Domestic Abuse incidents on the rail network. The purpose of the panel is to impartially review a random selection of such reported crimes and it is anticipated that these engagements will improve standards and awareness as well as increase operational transparency. Scrutiny panels are not a forum for retrospective investigation, but constructive feedback that may result in further actions or in some cases, remedial action. Panels will review the police response, investigative decision making process and service provided against BTP policies with a view to identifying effective practice for the future. An understanding of hate crimes and/or domestic violence gained in a professional, voluntary or academic background is required for this role, meetings will be held on a regular basis and panel members will be subject to police vetting.

Cycle Crime Coordinators in Cheltenham, Reading and Oxford

Volunteers in this role will help our officers to organise and promote crime reduction initiatives in cycle crime, visiting areas where cycle crime is a problem and putting cycle marking schemes in place, linking in with the local cycling community, stakeholders and businesses to raise awareness of bike registering and tactics to prevent crime. Volunteers will engage with the public to raise awareness of how they can protect themselves from becoming a victim, freeing up our officers’ time to work on frontline duties. Volunteers will help to gather intelligence as well as offer recommendations on how best to develop initiatives. We’re looking to recruit volunteers with the drive to encourage the use of greener forms of transport as well as strong communication and organisation skills and a creative approach to problem solving. The hours are flexible but there will be the need to attend community and in-house BTP meetings to update on activity.

Community Engagement Volunteers - London

Volunteers needed to assist our busy team at Paddington. Volunteers in this role will help to promote crime reduction initiatives, help with cycle marking and promote current BTP campaigns. Volunteers will engage with the public to raise awareness of how they can protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime as well as taking part in community activities and increasing BTP’s presence. In turn, this will enable more officers to spend more time working on other front line duties. Examples of some of BTP's campaign initiatives include focusing on hate crime (We Stand Together) and sexual offences (Report It to Stop It).

Garden Volunteer – Norwood Junction (London)

Our community garden at Norwood Junction Railway Station has been running for over four years now. Initially set up by the Neighbourhood Policing Team as just a nice space to enjoy, the garden now plays an important part in the community of Norwood and the surrounding areas. Every month local schools are invited to attend workshops which mean that the children are encouraged to engage in some gardening and enjoy the space as well as taking part in talks about safety in the railway environment. We are looking for a few volunteers with an interest in gardening and working with young people in order to provide support at the workshops. Relevant experience is desirable but training will be provided.

Volunteer Cadet Leaders – Birmingham and London

Our Volunteer Police Cadets are a voluntary uniformed youth group for those interested in making a difference to their communities. There are currently two groups - one in Birmingham and one in London (Islington) and we’re currently recruiting for both units. A background in youth work (paid or voluntary) is preferred but strong communication and organisational skills are essential. On average you will attend two evening sessions with cadets, one operational activity per month along with one weekend camp every quarter.

To apply for any of the above roles, please call 0207 521 6860 or email BTP-Volunteers@btp.pnn.police.uk to request an application form. Click here to find out what to expect when you join the BTP volunteering community.