Recruiting police support volunteers for their professional knowledge and skills: A pilot study

Demelza Leahy, Ian Pepper*, Paula Light

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Against a backdrop of austerity, the national ‘Citizens in Policing’ programme aims to engage the wider community and support the police service. Research conducted across a single force area identified the level of motivation and barriers to recruiting those with professional knowledge and skills as police support volunteers. This research study identified that there is a significant appetite to volunteer as a specialist utilising professional knowledge and skills; however, there are barriers to applications to volunteer related to time commitments, lack of professional opportunities available, formal recognition and the volunteering opportunity descriptions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-297
Number of pages16
JournalPolice Journal
Volume94
Issue number3
Early online date7 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • barriers
  • motivations
  • Police
  • volunteers

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