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Volunteer with the police

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Photo by: Roel wijnants
Did you know that some of the policemen and women you see walking around town are doing the job purely out of the goodness of their hearts? And that you, too, could be a volunteer for the police force?

Volunteer police do all sorts of jobs, from roadside checks to supervision at events and neighbourhood surveillance.


Police force volunteers clock up an average of 250 hours per year, counting training and refresher classes. You do actually get paid a small amount for your work. As a volunteer policeman or woman you’ll be compensated for the hours you work as well as for courses and training.


Volunteer police look no different from regular police: they wear the same uniform and receive the same education and training. They also have a system of ranks. The most common ranks for members of the voluntary police force are surveillance officer, police officer and senior police officer, but there are also sergeants and inspectors.


Not for just anyone…

Everyone who wants to join the volunteer police first has to pass a psychological test and a sports test to determine if they’re suited to the work. You have to be at least 18 years old. As a future member of the Dutch voluntary policy force, you also have to have Dutch nationality. Naturally, you’re also required to provide proof of upstanding conduct (no criminal record), good health and good physical condition. Further, volunteer police are expected to be personable, representative and have strong people skills. The minimum level of education is a preparatory vocational education (Dutch VBO) diploma.



Training to become a volunteer police officer takes around 18 months, with classes averaging one per week. The training programme is made up of three components that you have to master:


  • surveillance in the public domain;
  • surveillance of traffic safety;
  • surveillance at events.


The training also covers skills that volunteer police need such as in the use of force and weapons, self-defence techniques, how to resuscitate a person and how to manage difficult people and crowds. Once you’ve learned these skills you also have to test them in practice.




Published: Wed, 18/12/2013 - 10:53

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