Volunteer Police Cadet leaders across England and Wales: exploring their motivations

Pepper, Ian and Rogers, Colin (2021) Volunteer Police Cadet leaders across England and Wales: exploring their motivations. Voluntary Sector Review. ISSN 2040-8056

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Abstract

Volunteering within policing across England and Wales has a long history. Previous research on police volunteering has predominantly been focused upon volunteer special constables, however, volunteers occupy numerous and varied roles across the police service. Indeed, it appears that there will be a concerted effort to recruit more volunteers to support policing. If such growth is to be effectively planned and managed, understanding the characteristics of volunteers and their motivational factors for volunteering is critical.

This research considers the characteristics and motivations of Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) Leaders who donate hours in schemes across England and Wales. The research concludes that respondent VPC leaders were mainly white British, well-educated individuals who tend to be motivated by feelings of community spirt and the opportunity for self-development. Whilst these are important for understanding how to attract volunteers, the lack of diversity amongst these individuals is a matter for concern.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Community and Youth Work
Social Sciences > Criminology
Social Sciences > Working with Young People
Divisions: Enterprise & Innovation
Depositing User: Ian Pepper
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2021 10:47
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2021 11:00
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/13821
ORCID for Ian Pepper: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7978-7632

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