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Community Volunteers

Dorset OPCC Community volunteers support the PCC's work within the community.


OPCC Community Volunteers play a vital role in ensuring the PCC is linked in with the people and communities of Dorset. Becoming a Dorset OPCC Community volunteer allows residents to effect change and make a difference in policing across the county. Volunteers act as a link between the OPCC and communities; helping residents have their voices heard, offering feedback on OPCC campaigns and initiatives, raising awareness of OPCC initiatives that offer opportunities to communities and helping to engage with the public at events and engagements across the county.  

Every OPCC Community Volunteer’s role varies depending on the particular areas of the community they are interested in. No part of the role is obligatory, but duties can include:

  • To represent their community and demographic group by taking part in focus groups, steering groups and offering feedback on OPCC work.
  • To help raise awareness of the OPCC and its work through their own networks and community contacts, be that 2 people or 200.
  • To act as a link between the OPCC and Dorset residents by assisting with community engagement events across Dorset.
  • Ensure Dorset residents have their voices heard by sharing OPCC consultations with community networks, assisting at OPCC consultation events and conducting surveys with the public at events.
  • To be the eyes and ears of the OPCC, whether that be by attending your local community meetings and providing feedback to the OPCC on issues that concern local policing in your area.
  • To play a committed and energetic role in supporting the achievement of the PCC's vision of making Dorset a better place for people to live, work and visit.

This is not an exhaustive list, if you wish to represent any area of Dorset and are interested in what the Commissioner is trying to achieve to make Dorset a better place for people to live, work and visit, then this could be a voluntary role for you.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Volunteer to ensure that your community has the opportunity to voice their opinions, concerns or comments on the service provided by Dorset Police, or have the opportunity to take part in consultations undertaken by the Commissioner, please contact the Volunteers Team by email Volunteers or click here for the Police Volunteer link


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