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Police seek volunteers to help protect the elderly and vulnerable

Lincolnshire Police are on the lookout for volunteers to join their Op REVIVE scheme, which provides help and support to vulnerable and elderly members of the community who have been victims of crime or potential victims of crime.

Op REVIVE (Repeat Elderly Vulnerable Intimidated Victim Engagement) launched in 2016 and has had great success.

This has been recognised with the scheme winning the Police Support Volunteer Team Award in 2016 and the High Sheriff Award in 2017.

The project supports existing police resources and the work of Neighbourhood Policing Teams, in particular Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

Volunteers are supervised by a Co-ordinator whose role it is to promote the project and review referrals prior to allocating to volunteers.

There are currently 30 volunteers who work as part of the scheme however Lincolnshire Police are looking to increase this number in order to take on more cases.

Specially trained volunteers befriend, support, advise, liaise and target-harden people who a particularly vulnerable to exploitation and certain types of crime including:

- Doorstep Crime;

- Date and Mate Crime;

- Scams and fraud; and

- Financial exploitation.

The role requires a minimum commitment of four hours per week.

Lincolnshire Police are looking for people who have good communication skills and have the ability to build trust between themselves and a victim. Internal training is provided once an application has been accepted and vetting has been completed.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can apply via the Lincolnshire Police vacancies section.

For further information contact the Op REVIVE Coordinator Nick Bates on 01522 55 8749.

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