HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are opportunities to volunteer with the Police and Crime Commissioners Office (OPCC) or with Lancashire Constabulary. You can find out more about the opportunities available and how to apply using the links below.

VOLUNTEER PROFILES

Hassan was previously a community volunteer for Lancashire Constabulary, but now volunteers as a Special Constable.

He is studying for a law degree at the University of Central Lancashire, and has received a Legends Award from the univeristy in recognition of his community volunteering.

On his previous volunteering role, Hassan said: “Being a volunteer is a great experience and the support I’ve received has helped with my studies and will help in my working life.

“I worked on the Be Ready to Change project, which involved helping PCSOs tackle anti-social behaviour, aggressive behaviour and alcohol issues among teenagers.

“They ran boxing sessions for young people where they were able to channel that aggressive behaviour and also educated them on how to deal with that behaviour.

“I made sure all the administration side was sorted, checked the participant’s backgrounds and made sure they were on the right type of programme.

“I’ve been trained to teach about road safety and I have a new programme coming up where I will go into mosques to deliver road safety to children between five and 15.”

Graham has been a volunteer for around seven years, giving up his time to be both an Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) and checking on the welfare and treatment of people in custody on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office.

“As an ICV I am a second pair of eyes for custody staff and for the community. It is my role to visit local police stations unannounced, speak to detainees in custody about their treatment and bring any issues to the attention of custody staff.

“The role is really rewarding and sometimes challenging but you receive lots of training to become an ICV, which is brilliant. If you want to make a change in the community, become a volunteer.”

For more information about becoming an ICV please email commissioner@lancashire-pcc.gov.uk or call 01772 533 587.

Bob, a Constabulary volunteer for over 40 years, was this year named the force’s Volunteer of the Year for his work in reducing petrol station drive-offs in the Ribble Valley.

“The training given to me by Lancashire Constabulary has helped in all aspects of my life.”

“I have been volunteering for Lancashire Constabulary for nearly 42 years now.

“I used to be a Special Constable, and then when I failed my medical I moved to become a volunteer.

“My job as a volunteer has been looking after the petrol stations and tackling drive offs and the crime that occurs on the petrol stations, and I also help train others.”

James is studying for a degree in Ecology and Conservation at Myerscough College, and already has qualifications in deer management and game-keeping.

He now volunteers his time to help tackle rural and wildlife crime.

“I’ve got a passion for rural affairs and the countryside and find it very rewarding to see rural communities getting the best out of the police force.”

“My role involves advising on rural crime, mainly wildlife crime.

“I inquired about volunteering in November as part of my degree, and the wildlife scheme is just being established so at the moment I am helping out with rural crime operations and can help to identify species.”