As a key part of developing the new national Citizens in Policing Strategy, Chief Constable Dave Jones – the Citizens in Policing lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council – has asked the IPSCJ to deliver a comprehensive national benchmarking exercise across all forces in England and Wales.
The National Benchmarking Exercise will be completed during May and June, and will cover Specials, Police Support Volunteers and Police Cadets.
The IPSCJ will work with every force in England and Wales plus key national organisations and leads, to seek to create, for the first time ever, a comprehensive ‘state of the nation’ picture across police volunteering.
This is a huge task, involving a vast quantity of data, and a very challenging task within the timescales concerned. But it is also a very exciting opportunity for the IPSCJ to directly shape the future national strategy, and deliver a step change in understanding of the national picture of police volunteering.
Dr Iain Britton, who is leading the IPSCJ’s work, said:
“This piece of work will be a breakthrough in our understanding of the whole picture of police volunteering.
“Surprisingly little is known about police volunteers in England and Wales – including the absence of a reliable figure of how many volunteers there are.
“Our benchmarking will represent the most comprehensive exercise ever undertaken to gather the detail nationally across police volunteers.”
Laura Knight, IPSCJ Director, said that the exercise will be crucial to informing future policing models. She added:
“The success of police volunteering is a critical success factor for the future success of policing as a whole.
“We know very little about the national picture of police volunteering, and if we are to develop more effective and evidence-based approaches to growing the impact of police volunteering in the future, we need a much more detailed picture.
“The benchmarking is a hugely important part of the national strategy work on Citizens in Policing, and I am delighted that the IPSCJ is leading nationally on delivering it”.
The National Benchmarking Exercise will be completed over the next two months, and report in detail at the first National Citizens in Policing Summit, which the IPSCJ is hosting in Manchester on 21st July.