Police Cyber Volunteers work primarily with our Engagement Team to deliver inputs to a wide variety of audiences. These can range from giving a presentation to a board of executives on the key cyber threats facing their organisation, through to running a coding challenge with primary school pupils. Volunteers could see themselves attending police fun days and teaching members of the public how they can keep themselves safe on their devices, or perhaps they could be training a team of accountants on how they can best protect themselves and their place of work. No two days are ever the same.
We encourage our volunteers to contribute ideas and get involved in exciting projects and collaborations with other law enforcement agencies, private sector companies, and higher education institutions.
Volunteering with us gives hands-on experience and a chance to develop skills in a respected field of work. Our volunteers are offered networking opportunities, references, introductions to leading cyber companies and universities, and ‘behind the scenes’ visits to different areas of the policing environment. Volunteers who go above and beyond can also be nominated for policing awards, and many police volunteers have gone on to have successful careers in the forces.
Our volunteers are usually students who are considering a professional future in either cyber or policing, but we are open to applications from candidates with different circumstances, as long as they can demonstrate why they are the right fit for our programme.
It is essential that our volunteers are confident speaking with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, and that they are team players. They must also be professional on and off duty as they are representing both Tarian and South Wales Police. Volunteers are always accompanied by a police officer or police staff member at events and training is provided, so they do not need to be cyber experts from day one!
Volunteering requires a minimum commitment of 8 hours a month due to the cost of vetting (we incur the cost but can only vet so many people so it is important to be realistic about what you can commit to). The majority of volunteering opportunities take place between 8am and 6pm on weekdays, with occasional weekend events. We are sometimes able to offer transport to events but it is generally expected that volunteers have access to their own transport. All travel costs incurred on duty are reimbursed (this could be public transport or petrol), and a food allowance is provided as well. But please note that this is not a paid position.
Volunteers can pick which events they attend in advance through a timesheet application. This also logs their hours and facilitates transport / food reimbursement.
Volunteers have to be British citizens due to vetting requirements.
If you have any questions about the role, or are interested in applying, use the contact us form on this website and one of our team will get in touch with you to discuss further!