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Volunteer application guidance notes

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Please read these notes before applying to become a volunteer. If your questions are not answered here please contact Voluntary Services on 101 ext 800 3474 for advice.

Can I volunteer with Nottinghamshire Police? 

You must be over 18. There is no upper age limit for volunteers.

Conflict of interest

Applications will not be accepted from individuals where there is a significant possibility that this could lead to a conflict of interest in your professional life or another voluntary role. You must therefore give full details of your current employment or other voluntary work you do as part of your application. Please refer to the list below for guidance.

Barred professions

  • Private detectives and enquiry agents
  • Security officers, guards and door people
  • Members of employer’s police force and private constabularies

Considered on a case by case basis

  • Magistrates, clerks to justices and clerks to court
  • Probation officers
  • Bailiffs, warrant officers
  • Holders of liquor licences and managers of licensed houses
  • Licensees of betting/gaming premises
  • Civilian detention officers (employed by police authorities)
  • Custody officers and custody escort officers
  • Traffic wardens

Allowed with no restrictions

  • Neighbourhood wardens
  • Members of full-time fire service
  • Members of the armed forces

Volunteers from overseas

If you are from the UK, the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, there are no restrictions on you volunteering with Nottinghamshire Police.

However, if you are from outside the European Economic area (EEA) you are not allowed to take up work paid or unpaid which includes volunteering without a valid work permit.

Your status is indicated in your passport or in a letter of status and if you are from outside the EEA, you must bring either of these documents with you when invited to attend an interview.

Due to the vetting requirements necessary before volunteering, or having access to premises or assets within Nottinghamshire Police, it is difficult to complete thorough checks on individuals who have not been resident in the United Kingdom for the previous three years.

Therefore except in very exceptional circumstances, three-year residency is an essential requirement.

Vetting procedures

When volunteering with Nottinghamshire Police, you may be exposed to confidential and sensitive information.

All volunteers are subject to the Data Protection Act and the Official Secrets Act and it is therefore important that every reasonable precaution is taken to ensure the reliability and integrity of individuals joining the Police Volunteer Support Team.

For this reason you, your family and others who live at your address will be subject to a detailed vetting process. Please provide details of any previous names (including maiden names) for all individuals listed on your application form.

Tattoos and facial piercings

In order to comply with Health and Safety legislation and in accordance with our Code of Conduct, you must let us know if you have any tattoos on your face, neck, forearms or hands and/or facial piercings.

These will not prevent you from becoming a volunteer but may influence the location of your volunteering activity.

Tattoos containing images perceived to depict violent, sexist, racist or homophobic meaning will not be acceptable.

Facial piercing, may compromise Health and Safety legislation for particular roles and it is therefore necessary to have details of any facial piercing you have.

How to complete the application form

Please complete the application form in full. Application forms that are received incomplete will be returned to you resulting in delays. Information about you will be treated in strict confidence.

You should email your completed application form to volunteers@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk


You must provide us with the names and full addresses of two people (not relatives) who are prepared to vouch for your character.

Where possible, please include your current or most recent employer or volunteering organisation as a reference. If you are using a friend to act as reference please state on the form how you know them. We do not accept references that are sent with the application form.

Applicants with disabilities

Individuals with a disability can provide their application in a different format to the standard application form. If you have a disability or a special need with regard to the interview please let us know so that the relevant person can make any necessary arrangements prior to the interview.

Data Protection

The information you give will be stored on a computer for which registration has been made under the Data Protection Act. This information will not be used for any purpose other than monitoring, which, will be carried out, by the HR/ Personnel Department and Diversity Team. If you go on to become a member of the Police Volunteer Support Team your details will be kept in a personal file.

Posting your application form

If you wish to print an application form and return to us in the post please post it to Volunteer Co-ordinator, Nottinghamshire Police Headquarters, Sherwood Lodge, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 8PP.

We retain the right to refuse acceptance of applicants who do not meet the selection criteria and, where appropriate, reject an application without giving a reason.