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Introducing the Met Volunteer Programme Aims and objectives Increase understanding about the MVP Overview of MVP volunteers MVP Volunteer activities Organisational benefits of MVP What the Commissioner says….

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Introducing the Met Volunteer Programme


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Aims and objectives

  • Increase understanding about the MVP

  • Overview of MVP volunteers

  • MVP Volunteer activities

  • Organisational benefits of MVP


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What the Commissioner says….

“The development of the Met Volunteer Programme in every Borough is the most visible symbol of a Met which wishes to make London safer together with the community, and I am immensely grateful to all those who are stepping forward to help in this way.”

Sir Ian Blair

14th March 2007


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History of the MVP

  • Volunteering is as old as the Met – the first police in London were unpaid

  • Special Constabulary was established in 1831, with volunteers carrying out police work

  • Volunteer Police Cadets began in 1987 to train young people between 14 and 21 to become good citizens

  • MVP was established in 2001, to allow a wide range of members of the community to support their local police and add value to the work of their local police service.

  • By 2006 the MVP was active in all 32 boroughs of the MPS


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MVP today

“The Met Volunteer Programme is not only the best of any statutory service provider I have ever seen; it is also an exemplar amongst all sectors.”

(Volunteering England, 2006)

  • The MVP operates across London

  • Each Borough has its own MVP Manager

  • The MVP Manager’s role is to recruit volunteers, to manage & support them and match each person’s skills to meet Borough requirements

  • As of September 2007, there were 1247 volunteers in the MVP

    The mission of the MVP is to be the best volunteer programme in the public sector


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Who volunteers?

The MVP attracts men and women from all backgrounds, e.g:

  • the full-time employed

  • unemployed

  • retired people

  • school leavers

  • those in full-time education

  • Volunteers widely represent their communities

  • Currently the MVP diversity mix is 35% compared to the last London census (29%) and the MPS mix of 11%


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Who volunteers? (2)

  • Volunteers must be over 18 years of age

  • There is no upper age limit to volunteering

  • Volunteers must have 3 years’ residency in the UK

  • Volunteers must be positively security vetted

  • Volunteers should live in the Borough in which they are volunteering

  • Volunteers must provide 2 satisfactory professional references


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Why volunteer?

People volunteer for a range of reasons:

  • to give something back to the community

  • they want to assist the police but can only do so on a flexible basis

  • they have skills & experience that they want to put to use for the police

  • they have spare time (they may be retired or have children who have recently left home) which they want to put to valuable use 


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What do they do?

Currently volunteers support the Met in areas such as:· Safer Neighbourhood teams· Assisting at front counters· Press and media · Victim and witness care· Youth Offending Teams· Criminal Justice Units· General administration   


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What do they do? (2)

  • As MVP grows, more support needs are being identified and more roles are being developed.

  • Volunteers give the benefit of their time and experience to support paid police staff

  • A volunteer will NOT carry out any tasks for which a staff member has a statutory, moral or legal obligation to undertake on behalf of the MPS


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Benefits of the MVP

Internal

  • Support police activity, freeing the trained personnel up to carry out the jobs they are trained to do

  • Bring a wide range of experience and skills to the Borough

  • Can provide an external / community perspective

  • Have the ‘luxury of focus’ - i.e. can come in to concentrate on specific tasks for a short period

  • Allow Borough budgets to be stretched


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Benefits of the MVP

External

  • Closer ties with the local community representing a useful element of community engagement

  • Act as advocates for the police within communities

  • Raise profile of police in hard to reach groups

  • Enhancing customer service and improving service delivery

    “Volunteers reflect the diversity of the local community and create links with it". Volunteering England


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Some volunteers quotes

"…it's a good feeling being needed again"

“…I believe the MVP is about the Met reaching out to the community”

“As a blind person I feel that I have been able to increase people’s awareness of disability which has been very rewarding”


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Any Questions?

For more information visit:

  • www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/volunteers


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