Special Constables and Volunteers

Volunteers play an invaluable role in policing. We have two main types of volunteer: Special Constables and Police Support Volunteers.

Special Constables are part-time, volunteer police officers who have warranted powers. Police Support Volunteers are individuals who make a commitment to support the work of our staff and officers in roles which do not require police powers.

Find out more about Special Constables 

Find out more about Community Volunteers

Police Cadets 

Young people aged 13-17 can join the volunteer police cadets to learn about policing and help their communities, whilst those aged 18 or older are eligible to become cadet leaders. 

For more information or to apply for any of the roles below, please call 07768 924360 or email [email protected]. 

Volunteer Statement Taker – Stockwell

BTP Investigation Management Unit (IMU) are looking to recruit volunteers to assist at Stockwell with taking victim and witness statements where appropriate, to enable police officers to concentrate on priority investigations. 

This is to support BTP’s commitment to carry out effective investigations and promote public confidence.

Key duties will involve arranging, taking and recording witness statements, filing and storing statements, updating records as appropriate, and updating witnesses on the progress of their crimes by phone and letter.

The role will involve elements of working in the office at Stockwell or from any other BTP police posts and also opportunities to work remotely where suitable access and equipment available.

Crime and Intelligence Investigation Volunteer – Kent/Sussex/Home

A volunteer is required to assist with the Trespass Local Priority Pilot for Kent and Sussex. Trespass is a non-priority offence which means that most incidents can be closed at source without any review of solvability factors and others recorded only for intelligence purposes.

A volunteer is required to assist with this pilot so as not to dilute the effectiveness of the uniformed tasking teams as a proactive resource.

Key duties will involve requesting and viewing CCTV, requesting evidential statements for costings where delay minutes are incurred, working with the NWR Community Safety Manager to assist in identifying offenders and highlighting potential educational establishments for school liaison, and working alongside the tasking team to build case files for evidential submission.

Key skills include IT; to have the confidence to use BTP IT systems such as NICHE (crime system) and DEMS (evidence management), good communication, admin and organisational skills.

If you have any questions please contact PS Mark Sutton at [email protected] 

CCTV Support Volunteer – IMU Stockwell

BTP Investigation Management Unit (IMU) South are looking to recruit volunteers to assist with some basic CCTV processing requirements. Primarily volunteers will be based/working out of Stockwell or at a relevant BTP location which has the required equipment to work with. There may be requirement at times to attend Ebury Bridge at Victoria which is the Central CCTV hub for BTP.

Key duties will involve assisting with the collection of completed CCTV evidence package(s) from train operating companies, viewing of CCTV images to help identify victims/suspects, producing still images, burning CCTV footage to media e.g. discs or USB drives and dispatching completed media to our customers in line with service level agreements.

BTP will provide training for the volunteer to fulfil their role, but previous administrative/reception experience and strong IT skills are desired but not essential. The main purpose of this role is to ensure the team can provide our officers with the necessary footage and potential evidential requirements in a timely manner.

Stop and Search Working Group Panellist

The Stop & Search Volunteer Working Group 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.

A presentation on operational activity and the data generated will be a key focus of discussion. As a group, working in conjunction with a community co-chair and police co-chair, you will direct where you wish scrutiny to focus on, which have arisen from community concerns.

Panellists will need to work constructively with others, respecting differing values and diverse backgrounds, and have an interest in the criminal justice system. It will be beneficial to have an inquisitive mind with the ability to analyse information, identify key issues of concern and report back as necessary. A commitment to equality and diversity and an understanding of the effects of discrimination is key.

Requirements

  • Scrutiny meetings shall be held every three months.
  • You must be 18 or over
  • You must be willing to serve for a minimum of two years
  • You must be willing to attend regular meetings throughout each year (usually between 3 to 4 meetings)
  • Have an interest in working together with policing to improve community relations.
  • In addition to the meetings, you must be willing to undertake induction and other continuous professional development as required, be involved in the creation of agendas, read information ahead of meetings and be prepared to challenge and make decisions as required.
  • You must not be a current member of the Force/Local Independent Advisory Groups (IAG), a serving British Transport Police Authority, a current police officer/member of police staff. This is not an exhaustive list and is to avoid any conflict of interest.

Further information can be found on the role profile

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Sergeant Tarrick Patrick on 07342075229 or Ash Malhi, Race and Inclusion Business Partner on 07825376063

Stop and Search Working Group Co-Chair

The community co-chair will chair the Stop and Search Working Group. The group will discuss BTP’s stop and search performance as well as scrutinising anonymised stop and search records and comparing against Body Worn Video (BWV).  You are responsible for ensuring the views of the community are acknowledged are fed back to BTP which will help shape how BTP carries out stop and search – you have the opportunity to make a real difference.

A presentation on operational activity and the data generated will be a key focus of discussion. The group will work in conjunction with you as co-chair and the police co-chair, and direct where you wish scrutiny to focus on, which have arisen from community concerns.

You will co-chair meetings of the Stop & Search Working Group panel including agreeing with the Police Chair attendees, agenda items, panel discussion items and participants, and represent the Stop and Search Working Group both internally to police staff and externally. Your role will support the aims of the group to liaise with the media alongside the Police chair, and will follow up on agenda item action points.

Co-chairs will need to work constructively with others, respecting differing values and diverse backgrounds, and have an interest in the criminal justice system. It will be beneficial to have an inquisitive mind with the ability to analyse information, identify key issues of concern and report back as necessary. A commitment to equality and diversity and an understanding of the effects of discrimination is key.

Requirements

  • Scrutiny meetings shall be held every three months.
  • You must be 18 or over
  • You must be willing to serve for a minimum of two years
  • You must be willing to attend regular meetings throughout each year (usually between 3 to 4 meetings)
  • Have an interest in working together with policing to improve community relations
  • In addition to the meetings, you must be willing to undertake induction and other continuous professional development as required, be involved in the creation of agendas, read information ahead of meetings and be prepared to challenge and make decisions as required.
  • You must not be a current member of the Force/Local Independent Advisory Groups (IAG), a serving British Transport Police Authority, a current police officer/member of police staff. This is not an exhaustive list and is to avoid any conflict of interest.

Further information can be found on the role profile

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Sergeant Tarrick Patrick on 07342075229 or Ash Malhi, Race and Inclusion Business Partner on 07825376063

Stop and Search Reasonable Grounds Panellist

The Reasonable Grounds Panel is an innovative police and community co-production approach to allow BTP to further embed transparency and community voices within their stop and search powers oversight.

BTP are looking for volunteers to represent the panel, to capture an additional layer of insight, with an interest in those from seldom heard communities. The Panel engages members of the public directly in determining whether individual officers have met the legal requirements for ‘reasonable grounds’ when using their powers, and provides the basis for follow-up action where it is deemed that this requirement has not been met. The Panel consists of both police officers and community members who assess the grounds or reasons given by officers for stopping and searching a member of the public.

Panellists will need to work constructively with others, respecting differing values and diverse backgrounds, and have an interest in the criminal justice system. It will be beneficial to have an inquisitive mind with the ability to analyse information, identify key issues of concern and report back as necessary. A commitment to equality and diversity and an understanding of the effects of discrimination is key.

Requirements

  • Scrutiny meetings shall be held every three months.
  • You must be 18 or over
  • You must be willing to serve for a minimum of two years
  • You must be willing to attend regular meetings throughout each year (usually between 3 to 4 meetings)
  • Have an interest in working together with policing to improve community relations
  • In addition to the meetings, you must be willing to undertake induction and other continuous professional development as required, be involved in the creation of agendas, read information ahead of meetings and be prepared to challenge and make decisions as required.
  • You must not be a current member of the Force/Local Independent Advisory Groups (IAG), a serving British Transport Police Authority, a current police officer/member of police staff. This is not an exhaustive list and is to avoid any conflict of interest.

Further information can be found on the role profile

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Sergeant Tarrick Patrick on 07342075229 or Ash Malhi, Race and Inclusion Business Partner on 07825376063

Stop and Search Reasonable Grounds Co-Chair 

The Reasonable Grounds Panel is an innovative police and community co-production approach to allow BTP to further embed transparency and community voices within their stop and search powers oversight.

BTP are looking for a co-chair to represent the panel, to capture an additional layer of insight, with an interest in those from seldom heard communities. The Panel engages members of the public directly in determining whether individual officers have met the legal requirements for ‘reasonable grounds’ when using their powers, and provides the basis for follow-up action where it is deemed that this requirement has not been met. The Panel consists of both police officers and community members who assess the grounds or reasons given by officers for stopping and searching a member of the public.

You will chair meetings of the Reasonable Grounds panel, including agreeing with the Police Chair, panel cases items and any other relevant issue to facilitate this meeting, and to meet aims of the group to liaise with the media alongside the Police Chair. You will assist the Police chair in accessing our most affected communities to ensure that the RGP gives them an active part to play in the ethical, effective and open to scrutiny approach to stop and search. The role will also involve support the police chair in the collation of evidence for all HMIC visits and inspections regimes supported by BTP Corporate services.

Co-chairs will need to work constructively with others, respecting differing values and diverse backgrounds, and have an interest in the criminal justice system. It will be beneficial to have an inquisitive mind with the ability to analyse information, identify key issues of concern and report back as necessary. A commitment to equality and diversity and an understanding of the effects of discrimination is key.

Requirements

  • Scrutiny meetings shall be held every three months.
  • You must be 18 or over
  • You must be willing to serve for a minimum of two years
  • You must be willing to attend regular meetings throughout each year (usually between 3 to 4 meetings)
  • Have an interest in working together with policing to improve community relations
  • In addition to the meetings, you must be willing to undertake induction and other continuous professional development as required, be involved in the creation of agendas, read information ahead of meetings and be prepared to challenge and make decisions as required.
  • You must not be a current member of the Force/Local Independent Advisory Groups (IAG), a serving British Transport Police Authority, a current police officer/member of police staff. This is not an exhaustive list and is to avoid any conflict of interest.

Further information can be found on the role profile

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Sergeant Tarrick Patrick on 07342075229 or Ash Malhi, Race and Inclusion Business Partner on 07825376063

IAG (Independent Advisory Group) Administrator – Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester

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 meetings every 2-3 months 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. The Pennine IAGs are seeking volunteers for these roles, based in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.

IAG (Independent Advisory Group) Administrator – Glasgow

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. The Scotland IAGs are seeking a volunteer for these roles, based in Glasgow.

Independent Advisory Group Members – Glasgow

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. 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.

Ex-BTP police officers, PCSOs, Staff or Special Constables will not be considered for the role, as IAG members have to be truly independent from the force.

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.

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.

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 teams in London. 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.