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Waterloo police station calls for volunteers to help in the office

London SE1 website team

British Transport Police is launching its Community Volunteer Scheme in Waterloo next week to coincide with Volunteers' Week.

"We hope volunteers from across the community will bring their specialist skills, local knowledge and, most importantly, a commitment of time to support their community's officers and police staff," says Inspector Terry Reene.

Volunteers will be based at BTP's Holmes House, adjacent to Waterloo rail and Tube station. Vehicle access is limited, but there is a public car park adjacent to Waterloo Station.

The busy station houses the Waterloo Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) who work alongside other uniformed officers, detectives and specialist teams. The NPT comprises 14 officers who police Waterloo, Charing Cross and Waterloo East railway stations as well as the line connecting them.

Inspector Reene added: "The scheme is in place to complement the police officers and staff we currently have. By taking on volunteers with transferable skills and knowledge, we hope to make more time for police officers to be seen and heard within their communities.

"We expect that our volunteers will provide office support, cover the front desk and assist in the organisation and co-ordination of events within the local community.

"We want to offer a flexible and enjoyable volunteering opportunity that is mutually beneficial. One where our volunteers are able to draw upon their skills and experiences from outside the police force, which in turn enriches and improves the service we deliver both as a national organisation and as a presence within our local communities.

"Of course, as well as community volunteers, BTP is always looking to recruit Special Constables as well. Specials are an important part of our force and perform a full range of policing duties, from policing planned events to supporting our officers."

• For more information about becoming a Community Volunteer with British Transport Police contact Hannah Watson on 020 7904 3623.

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