Many towns are now served by a CCTV monitoring system operated by the local council in addition to those privately owned shop systems. These cameras record incidents as they happen and provide useful evidence for the Police when preparing a case for Court. Although some crimes that occur within the view of the CCTV cameras are reported after the incident has finished, there is still the potential that vital evidence was caught on camera. The CCTV images have to be reviewed in order to check if relevant images are available. If the timescale is uncertain, then this task can take a police officer some time to complete, taking them off the streets and away from their core duties.
We are looking for volunteers who are willing to take on this important task. It will free up police officers time and ensure the timely submission of files.
What you will be doing
The role will include:
Reviewing pre-recorded CCTV images
Downloading copies of the original CCTV images
Labelling and exhibiting the copy discs
Liaising with Police officers and
Providing a statement of evidence in support of the above.
Skills, experience and qualities needed
The role requires volunteers who have an organised and methodical approach to administrative tasks and who demonstrate attention to detail in their tasks.
IT skills will be required with some knowledge of Microsoft Word and the ability to use video editing software. Able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Able to work as part of a team.
No specific experience of operating CCTV required.
Location and times
The role will be based in the local policing team and may include visiting the local CCTV office of the local council. There is some flexibility in the days and times required and these will be agreed with the volunteer. The role will require a regular commitment of about 4 hours per week.
Training and support available
All volunteers receive a local induction and a Volunteer Handbook with all the information you will need to support you in your role. Full ‘on the job’ training will be provided by the CCTV staff at the council and your police officer supervisor, as well as the support of the Volunteer Team at police HQ.
In addition, you will have a local volunteer contact available to answer any questions you may have, support you throughout your time with us, and to organise social events with other volunteers in your area.
Expenses will be paid for travelling between your home and the CCTV office or the local police station if appropriate.
This role will require a security check, a health check and for you to sign an agreement to maintain confidentiality, as you may have access to sensitive material.
Volunteers will be required to abide by the Code of Ethics at all times.
All volunteers will perform their role in accordance with the values of Lincolnshire Police:
We are COURAGEOUS
We are OPEN
We are FAIR
We are INCLUSIVE
Equality and diversity
All volunteers are required to carry out their role in a way that supports the Force Diversity Objectives.
Health and safety
Volunteers will take all reasonable care of themselves and of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.
Line managers and volunteers should be aware of the relevant risk assessment for the role. Along with the generic Risk Assessment for all roles
Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
Lincolnshire Police has a duty to promote the welfare of, and safeguard of children and vulnerable adults. Volunteers are required to comply with Force Policy and Standard Operating Procedures in respect of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.