Choose from a range of volunteer roles.

By choosing to volunteer with us, you will be rewarded with a diverse and supportive environment that can bring benefits, both professionally and personally, in many different areas.

Our current vacancies

A cause to believe in!

Giving your time to a cause you believe in, in order to help others can be very rewarding and addictive!

A little selflessness can go a long way and you might just find you get a lot out of the experience and make new friends.

Become a volunteer

What do volunteers do?

When you align your passions with your volunteer work, the most unexciting of tasks can be brought into a whole new light. When you become passionate about the cause is when your work is going to have the biggest impact. Not every volunteer role is “on the frontline”. Without people in the background doing the unglamorous jobs we wouldn’t be able to strengthen our communities, solve problems and improve the lives of others.

Some of the roles we currently have across our force areas include Volunteer Drivers, Victim Care Volunteers, Administration Support, CCTV Volunteers and Vehicle Check Volunteers.

Although you will not be paid a salary, your volunteering role should not leave you out of pocket. You can claim expenses for travelling to and from your place of duty, and meal allowance if you assist for more than four hours together.

f you opt to join us as a Police Support Volunteer, you will undergo basic police vetting and will also be asked to sign forms agreeing to the principles of The Data Protection Act and The Official Secrets Act.

A workforce that reflects our communities

Our ability to build trust, understand problems and support our communities across a range of policing matters, relies on us having a workforce that is reflective of our communities and all the unique individuals that exist within them. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within our workforce and to eliminating discrimination.

We are very keen to encourage applications from those that have never considered policing as a career. Representation within our workforce from black and minority ethnic communities and females is currently much lower than we want it to be; by improving this we will be better able to serve our local communities and our work place will benefit from all the differences in thinking, points of view, and approaches that diversity brings.

In order to achieve this we are proud to pursue a policy of ‘positive action’.

For further information and to register for this scheme please click the button below.

Positive Action

Who can join the Police Support Volunteers?

The Police Support Volunteers is open to:

  • Any member of the public over the age of 16 years (for certain roles the minimum age maybe 17 or 18)
  • Any member of the public who passes the strict vetting clearance

Who can't join the Police Support Volunteers?

Unfortunately, some roles or professions will prevent you from becoming a police volunteer for Dorset Police, as there could be a conflict of interest.
These are as follows:

  • Police and Crime Commissioneer employees
  • Magistrates/Clerks to the Justices/Clerks to the Courts
  • Probation Officers/Bailiffs/Warrant Officers
  • Liquor licence holders/Licensed premises managers (and their spouses)
  • Licencees of betting/gaming establishments
  • Private detectives/enquiry agents
  • Security officers/guards/door staff
  • Custody officers/custody escort officers
  • Serving members of HM Forces.