Police Volunteering Scheme

Who: Anyone aged 18+ (please enquire if under 18 and interested in applying)

Where: Cardiff Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT)

When: Flexible

Contacts: Dafydd Haine Emma Dixon

We're sorry, this project is not currently recruiting volunteers. You can see a list of our available projects here.

The Police Volunteering scheme was set up to help South Wales Police carry out various crime prevention campaigns and high visibility patrols. This is a unique opportunity to gain insight into what it’s like to be part of South Wales Police. The RCT branch of the scheme was set up in 2018.

This project in Cardiff is a partnership between SVC, South Wales Police, Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, the University of South Wales and their Students' Unions, FOR Cardiff, Liberty Living and Cardiff Volunteering.

This project in RCT is a partnership between SVC, South Wales Police, the University of South Wales, RCT Council, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, RCT Trading Standards, RCT Community Safety, Victim Support and GO Wales.

In Cardiff, activities include:

  • Walkabouts, where volunteers work directly with Police Constables (PCs) and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) visiting houses offering crime prevention advice around burglary and marking valuable items in the houses with security pens.
  • ‘Safety Bus’, where volunteers assist the police to highlight individuals who appear vulnerable to crime, ensuring they are taken home safely and/or provided with advice about how to avoid crime.
  • 'Street Scheme' where volunteers patrol on foot and support the safety bus to support individuals who are vulnerable in the night-time economy to a place of safety.
  • Property marking sessions, during which vo lunteers help with giving students advice on how to keep their belongings safe and secure.
  • PCSO Patrols, Major Crime support and many more opportunities..

In RCT, activities include:

  • Experiencing a variety of Policing ranging from Community Engagement, Neighbourhood Policing and Rural Watch.

  • Gaining direct experience of working within individual Police departments within RCT. Opportunities can include; Hate crime, anti-social behaviour, crime reduction tactical analysis, bush fires, missing persons, offender management, taxi operations, substance abuse, motorbike scrambling, cyber crime.

  • There are additional opportunities within Victim Support (however this requires a dedicated two year commitment due to the nature of this policing, and the additional training received).

  • Volunteers will receive valuable experience of working in multi-agency operations, with project partners such as RCT Council, and the Fire Service.

This project requires specific vetting procedures organised by South Wales Police, plus project-specific training. There are usually at least two activities per month for the student volunteers to get involved with.