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Frequently Asked Questions about Police Volunteers

Find the answers to common questions about Police Support Volunteers.

You will find some Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have another question, please email us at HR.Recruitment@gmp.police.uk

What are volunteers?

Volunteers work without pay within Greater Manchester Police, mainly alongside our Neighbourhood Policing Teams. Volunteers are extremely important to the force – helping us develop engage and interact more effectively with our local communities and help make them safer.

We are looking for adults of all ages, races, genders and educational backgrounds.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteer roles can include recording lost and found property, taking minutes at meetings, administration work and calling back victims. We work with your skills to find you the right role.

What kind of training is provided?

There will be an induction course followed by specific training. You will be supported throughout your induction period - up until a time when you are more confident. Support is always there.


Volunteers can claim travelling expenses to and from work. These will be agreed when you are approved as a volunteer.

What kind of people are volunteers?

Volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life. The only restrictions are that you are aged 18 or over, have been a UK resident for the past three years and live within the GMP Force area.

You will have to pass the standard force vetting process and a selection process. Volunteers are an essential part of the Extended Police Family and their contribution is vital to support the work of the Police Force.

How much time do I have to commit?

This is your choice. You can volunteer anything from one hour per week up to 40 hours per month. The time your commit could change depending on your personal circumstances, but as long as we see you on a regular basis, we are quite flexible.

What do I get out of volunteering?

Each volunteering experience is different, depending on your skills and personal needs. What we can give you in return is:

  • Up-to-date work experience
  • Travel expenses to your place of work
  • Reimbursement of meals depending on hours of work. You will have work a minimum of four hours to be eligible.
  • An opportunity to work with GMP and be a part of an Extended Police Family
  • The chance to update and acquire new skills

 If you are interested in becoming a Police Support Volunteer, please email HR.Recruitment@gmp.police.uk

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