Involving citizens in policing

Helping forces to set up citizens in policing programmes and recruit, train and manage different kinds of volunteers in a force.

How the College can help

We recognise the value volunteers add to policing, through improving community engagement, increasing available resources and skillsets, and allowing officers and staff to focus on frontline duties. We support forces in the development of their volunteering programmes by setting standards in key areas and working to establish an evidence base around CiP activities.

Citizens in Policing (CiP) is an umbrella term used to describe:

Special constables

Police support volunteers

Guidance on the role and activities of police support volunteers. 

If you're interested in joining as a volunteer, find out about: