Volunteer drivers would work shifts of two to four hours but not work after 6pm or on weekends. They must pass a strict vetting and driving tests. Union Unison has voiced concern at the recruitment of thousands of volunteers to replace axed roles. Devon and Cornwall Police has lost 500 full-time officers since December 2010.
But Jonathan Isaby of right-wing pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Schemes like this can help free up officers’ time and reduce costs for taxpayers.”
Other forces already using volunteer drivers include North Yorkshire.