About volunteers

South Yorkshire Police’s Support Volunteers (PSVs) gives the public the opportunity to support the Force in making South Yorkshire one of  the safest counties in the UK. It increases contact between local communities and police, and improves the service the Force gives to the public.

Building stronger safer neighbourhoods is paramount to South Yorkshire Police and is something everyone can be involved in. We would like to encourage members of the community to become involved as Police Support Volunteers.

Please give us a call to find out more about volunteering on 01709 832353.

Select the following to view our current volunteer vacancies.

What are Police Support Volunteers

The Home Office states that a volunteer is someone ‘who commits time and energy for the benefit of society, the community, environment and or individuals, undertaking this freely and by choice, without concern for financial gain'

Police Support Volunteers (PSVs) are to provide an additional resource to undertake roles that are not provided by support staff or police officers.  With increasing demands on police services these roles enhance the work already carried out by South Yorkshire Police.

The amount of time a PSV gives is dependent upon the individual and is agreed during the application process.  Due to the sensitive nature of our work, PSVs will be expected to go through the same security checks as all police staff.

What are the benefits of becoming a Police Support Volunteer

Becoming a PSV will provide you with an opportunity to make a difference and provide reassurance to your community.

We are aware that your time is precious and to help assist you undertake the role you have chosen as effectively as possible South Yorkshire Police will provide:

Training - An induction programme and on the job training will be provided.  No PSV will be expected to undertake any role that they have not been fully trained to undertake.

Support - You will be provided with guidance, advice and support to help assist you carry out your activities.

Expenses - where appropriate you will be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses.

Vetting - PSVs with access to police premises will be expected to undergo force vetting.  In circumstances where PSVs will come into contact with vulnerable adults or children then a CRB check will be undertaken.

Our Commitment

We are committed to providing a fair and equal opportunity to any individual wishing to become involved and we are looking for individuals who represent all the communities within South Yorkshire.  It is intended that our roles will appeal to a diverse range of individuals and we are currently looking to recruit PSVs from the age of 18.


If you have the enthusiasm, time and commitment to become a Police Support Volunteer please complete a PSV application form stating which role you wish to apply for.  Completed application forms and the Diversity Monitoring form should be returned to the address shown on the form.


The Police Support Volunteer Scheme Scheme has been awarded “Kitemark Plus” status

The Police Support Volunteer Scheme managed by Community Safety Department has been awarded “Kitemark Plus” status by Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR).

The Kitemark is recognition by Voluntary Action Rotherham and the Rotherham Local Strategic Partnership that SYP manages a volunteering programme where volunteers receive a high quality, positive volunteering experience.

It is intended to showcase good practice within volunteer- involving organisations in Rotherham and the surrounding areas.  The Kitemark follows five value statements that were developed locally in 2005 as part of the local compact codes on Volunteering:

  • Choice
  • Diversity
  • Give and take
  • Recognition
  • Standards

The Kitemark is a certificate awarded to organisations and volunteer led community groups who can demonstrate that their volunteering programmes follow the principles that have been agreed as good practice in the Compact for Rotherham. It must be applied for (it is not awarded automatically) and applying bodies need to evidence that they meet the criteria under the above 5 value statements.  The award lasts for 3 years.