Getting the best for communities from Volunteer Police Officers

Author: Gavin McKinnon

Volunteer policing is a critical component of law enforcement; it increases legitimacy, community trust and confidence, and aides diversity in the ranks. It is also financially sensible when police force budgets are dropping to ensure a well run and led Special Constabulary is on hand to assist the regular force. Police forces cannot expect it just to happen - and the high attrition rates nationally tell you there are problems. This Fellowship report examines best practice in Auxiliary/Reserve policing programs in the USA and Canada, and makes recommendations for change to increase efficiency and effectiveness.