Volunteers in the Police Service

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2010 Police and Justice Service Group Conference
23 June 2010
Carried as Amended

Tayside Police, like many other Forces throughout the UK are currently conducting reviews of efficiency savings. Our own ‘Transforming Tayside’ is effectively a Best Value Review of the business. This BVR highlighted in January 2010 the issue of other Forces utilising volunteers in expanding engagement with the community such as Nottinghamshire and North Yorkshire. Whilst they say it is not the purpose of these volunteers to undertake duties carried out by Police Staff, it is the belief that due to the severe budget cuts of 10-12% over the next 3-5 years the force will introduce volunteers as has been seen in Lothian & Borders Police.

Conference therefore calls upon the Service Group Executive to make ACPO(S) aware of our intention to resist any moves in Scotland to further promote the introduction of volunteers that directly threaten Police staff posts throughout all 8 Police forces and SPSA.