Special Constables receive basic training in the theoretical aspect of Police duty and legislation, which is complemented by "on-the-job" training with regular officers in a wide variety of police work.
Every effort is made to ensure that Special Constables are given the opportunity to work along with regular police officers at times which are mutually convenient. Obviously the hours of duty which a Special Constable is willing and able to work will vary according to individual circumstances but a regular commitment is essential.
Police Scotland Youth Volunteers promotes a practical way for young people to understand policing by supporting the Police in their local area through volunteering. As part of this, young people are given a chance for their voice to be heard and encouraged to promote good citizenship.
The programme is open to all young people aged between 13 – 18, this allows those people to get an insight into policing in Scotland and inspire individuals to participate positively within their communities.
Each PSYV group is coordinated by a Police Officer. On most cases the officer will carry out this role secondary to their full time position which can vary from School Based Officer to Community Officer / Community Safety.
The coordinator is supported by a team of Adult Volunteers who come from all walks of life. Over Scotland we have adult volunteers who are teachers, Special Constable’s, support workers, Veterinary Assistants, Communication workers… the list is too big to complete.
Aims of the PSYV:
•Promote a practical understanding of policing amongst all young people.
•Encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship.
•Support local policing priorities through volunteering and give young people a chance to be heard.
•Inspire young people to participate positively in their communities.
Principles of the PSYV:
•Members aged 13-17 (inclusive).
•Youths who volunteer 3 hours a month – assisting in community and crime prevention measures.
•Youth Volunteers that represent the diversity of their service area.