Survey test for volunteer police scheme

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A £1.5 million plan by Lincolnshire Police to recruit up to 1,000 volunteers for the force faces a crucial test of public support this week.

People in South Holland and across the county are being invited to fill in an online survey on a plan from Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick to draft “public-spirited” volunteers into the force.

The survey is being run by students at the University of Lincoln and asks people whether they are prepared to volunteer as a Special Constable, Police Community Support Officer or office worker at a police station.

A statement with the survey said: “The Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire recently suggested that he would like to recruit 1,000 new volunteers within Lincolnshire Police.

“The results of this questionnaire will provide a valuable insight into understanding the public’s perception of volunteering with the service.”

Mr Hardwick said: “I know there’s a great deal of public-spirited people in the county, otherwise I wouldn’t have been so bold in asking for 1,000 volunteers.”

You have until Sunday to complete the survey at www.lincolnshirealert.co.uk