This year SAPOL's Police Volunteers Program is celebrating a decade of success which is a great milestone to celebrate during National Volunteer Week, 18 - 24 May.
Commencing in January 2010 on an initial trial basis with 16 volunteers in public relations roles at Holden Hill and Golden Grove police stations, the program soon expanded across the state, evolving into the diverse roles and responsibilities that our volunteers now perform.
Now in 2020 SAPOL is supported by more than 1,000 registered volunteers across 10 different volunteer roles throughout the state in areas such as community policing, public relations, South Australian Police Historical Society, Road Safety Centre, Blue Light, Neighbourhood Watch SA, SAPOL Pipes and Drums Band, role players and chaplaincy.
National Volunteer Week provides the ideal opportunity for SAPOL to acknowledge and celebrate all volunteers who choose to support our work within the community. These programs exist because of the tireless efforts of volunteers who perform a broad range of roles, assisting SAPOL in community engagement and providing support in the areas of crime prevention and community safety.
Held annually since 1989, National Volunteer Week marks an Australia-wide celebration of volunteers within the community who freely give their time and skills to benefit others.
Throughout National Volunteer Week you are encouraged to tie something red to yourhome, office letterbox, fence or tree. Post a picture or get creative with a video and share on your socials using the hashtags #ColourYourCommunityRed #SAvolunteer #NVW2020 and #(insert your postcode).
You can also print the National Volunteer Week 2020 poster and display it in your workplaces or in your community.
For those interested in exploring volunteering opportunities or if you are aware of any family or friends interested in pursuing volunteering opportunities available within SAPOL, please contact the Volunteer Coordination Unit either by telephone 08 7322 3216 or 08 7322 3217 or email SAPOL.Volunteer@police.sa.gov.au
Find out more about volunteering opportunities with SAPOL
Due to concerns relating to COVID-19, all volunteering within SAPOL is currently suspended for health and safety reasons until further notice. Applications for volunteering within SAPOL are still welcomed and will be progressed through the initial stage.