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Share your knowledge and passion for policing

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We’re looking for enthusiastic, positive, and creative individuals to join their volunteer family. In particular, we’re keen to recruit volunteers to support our award-winning education team to help with school visits in the week.

It’s been five whole terms since the Lock-up opened and in this time, we have provided 141 school visits, 3 school sleepovers, 10 outreach visits, and 20 free opportunities. That’s a huge 4,775 students visiting the Lock-up to learn more about policing heritage and participating in bespoke policing activities.

Not only do students learn how West Midlands Police came to be, they also get to explore different areas of policing like forensics, transport, crime and punishment, traffic. As a volunteer, you’ll have something exciting and unique to add to their experience. The students don’t hold back from asking lots of questions about jobs in the police and fighting crime.

We asked students how they rated the police out of 10 before visiting the Lock-up and the average is about 7.5/10. After their session, this jumps up to 9.17/10 which shows the positive impact our educational visits have on changing the mindsets of these young students and their attitude towards the police.

volunteer watching crime and punishment talk

Becoming a volunteer

How often do I have to volunteer?

  • We are looking for volunteers who can commit regularly
  • It’s expected that you will volunteer 1-2 times a month or more frequently if you wish.
  • Schools visit Monday – Friday

Where will the role be based?
Whilst our main site will be the West Midlands Police Museum, the Lock-up, Steelhouse Lane Lock-up, Birmingham, we do visit other venues with a mobile display so there will be a chance to visit other events and locations across the West Midlands as part of our volunteer team.

Do I need to have a DBS check?
All volunteers will need to be vetted by West Midlands Police to undertake this role. If you already work for West Midlands Police you can start volunteering straight away.

#WeAre50 | Help us celebrate 50 years of West Midlands Police by bringing out history to life through volunteering. Your enthusiasm and positive energy can help our heritage shine to these young students.

If you’d like to volunteer for our education team or explore other volunteering options please apply today. Click here to get started.