Citizens in Policing Co-ordinator – Bridgwater and BS2
Do you want to be part of a close-working team?
Are you passionate about developing opportunities for volunteers in policing?
We are investing in our Citizens in Policing Team as we recognise the importance of engaging our community in policing as volunteers.
We are looking for three new Volunteer Co-ordinators to join the four we have already recruited. One part-time post is based in Bridgwater; two full-time roles are based in BS2.
We support the development and delivery of the Citizens in Policing Strategy, striving to embed a positive volunteering culture in our constabulary.
Citizens in Policing are volunteers who perform a variety of roles that offer valuable skills and expertise to support our police service.
Volunteers include Police Support Volunteers, Special Constables, Cadets, Junior Cadets and Mini Police.
This role is critical for developing relationships with our volunteers, their leaders, communities and partners. Working proactively, you’ll identify emerging issues and areas for improvement that you can help to resolve or escalate as appropriate.
In this role, your Main Responsibilities will be:
- Promoting awareness of Citizens in Policing and its priorities both internally and externally and take responsibility for coordinating its integration into the organisation.
- Establishing and building good working relationships and networks of community contacts and external partners.
- Developing close working relationships with Local Volunteer Line Managers, Specials, Supervisors and Cadet Leaders to proactively identify emerging issues and areas for improvement.
- Promoting and encouraging candidates from under-represented communities to become volunteers.
- Proactively identifying skills and knowledge gaps and developing, implementing and co-ordinating bespoke training to support the professional development of volunteers.
- Identifying emerging issues and barriers to volunteering, developing activities that address these to increase community insight, satisfaction and engagement.
- Understanding the local area volunteer profile and lead on the integration and bespoke delivery of recognition events.
Skills, Experience and Qualifications required:
- Knowledge and understanding of the value of volunteering.
- Experience of working effectively with managers, volunteers and communities.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing (e.g. reports/presentations) and orally.
- Able to manage a high workload and prioritise to meet deadlines with limited supervision.
- Experience of using tools to plan activities in order to effectively deliver outcomes.
- Experience of maintaining accurate records and extracting information.
- Computer literacy including experience of using MS Office packages.
- Willingness to undertake events during evenings and weekends as required.
- Able to travel to other parts of the force when needed.
To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a 5 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years.
If you understand the value of volunteering and want to make a difference in your community, we would like to hear from you.
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Why work for Avon and Somerset Police?
Avon and Somerset Police has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.
If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then Avon and Somerset is the force for you.
Equality, diversity and inclusion
Avon and Somerset Police are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.
We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the Constabulary, where communities are under-represented, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.
All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.
All requests for flexible working patterns will be considered and will be dependent on the role.
Recruitment and Selection Policy
Internal applicants who are at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment and pass the selection process, will be offered the role over the remaining internal and external applicants.
Police Barred and Advisory lists
Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of 5 years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or 3 years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.
Vetting and safeguarding
Avon and Somerset Police are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.