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

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.

Business Development Volunteer - London

This role is to support the team at Force Headquarters with research, administration and assisting with the planning of international visits. The volunteer will help to develop the teams’ presentation material, internal comms and other promotional materials as well as liaise with departments across the force to gather information. This role will enable someone to develop skills such as project management, administrative support and researching, and the team are looking for someone proficient with Microsoft Office with an excellent understanding of the English language (written and spoken) as well as having some experience in an office environment.

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).

IAG (Independent Advisory Group) Administrator - Cardiff and Leeds

The purpose of this role is to provide administrative support to the group and to ensure that members are kept informed of divisional updates. The majority of work for these roles can be done from home but there will be the requirement to attend regular meetings at local BTP venues. Tasks involve general administrative duties, liaising with and inviting members to meetings and events, taking meeting minutes and chasing actions, assisting with expenses and vetting applications and applicants will need to be well organised with a mature attitude and strong communication skills. Both the Pennine and Wales IAGs are seeking volunteers for these roles, based in Leeds and Cardiff respectively.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Intelligence Volunteer – Manchester

The intelligence bureau in Manchester are seeking a volunteer with either previous policing or intelligence experience or someone currently studying relevant topics to support the research and analysis team in developing, processing and disseminating intelligence. Applicants should have either experience or relevant knowledge of open source research, knowledge of the National Intelligence Model as well as an understanding of the relevant record management systems. The role will involve various intelligence-related administrative tasks and ad-hoc intelligence support as directed by the operational environment BTP operates in. In-house training will be provided and all applicants will require vetting.

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.

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.

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.