How do I join SULSAR?
Anyone over the age of 18 can apply, but you do need to be reasonably fit to be an active searcher. However the group also needs administrators and fund-raisers in support of ‘operational’ members, so if you feel you would prefer to help in those ways please get in touch.
Because of the nature of our activities and close working relationship with the Police, all prospective members are required to complete an application form and health questionnaire. All application forms are kept strictly confidential.
We also have a joining fee of £25 and a yearly membership fees of £10. Payable at the time of joining then each year.
What Skills do I need to join SULSAR?
No specific skills are needed to join, as we provide full training for the role. Enthusiasm, commitment and the ability to work as part of a team are more important.
What Training is available to me?
In order to become an ‘operational’ member and take part in ‘live searches’ you will need to complete an Initial Search Course. This course will provide you with the training and skills you need to work as a member of a search team (normally 4 people). Further training is provided in a variety of subjects including first aid, team leadership, communications, land navigation (use of map and compass) and other associated subjects. Training is currently twice a month, (the first Thursday evening in the month and the third Sunday in the month although this may vary).
Is there a minimum commitment from me?
As already mentioned, to become fully operational you will need to attend an Initial Search Course. This a two day course that takes place during one weekend. We appreciate you will be a volunteer, but we do specify a minimum number of attendances (this is currently set at eight per year) at training evenings/days and exercises during the year. This is to ensure that all members are fully trained and well practiced in readiness for ‘live searches’. People’s lives may depend upon our skills.
Do I need any special equipment?
We recommend that you have a minimum of good boots with ankle support, waterproofs, lightweight poly cotton trousers (not jeans), hat, gloves and a lightweight day rucksack. The team has a uniform which we encourage members to purchase and you may wish to improve your level of equipment and this of course is also encouraged.
I work, can i still join?
Of course you can, most of our members work, some 9-5 some not. Your family come first, then your job, then any time you can offer us is appreciated. Some employers are more flexible than others.
What about Insurance?
When training and whilst on active duty, you will be covered by Police volunteers Insurance.
So how do I actually join?
Firstly you need to submit an expression of interest in joining the team. This is the first step to joining the team. You will be invited to a meet and greet evening. Where you will find out more information and get to ask questions.Expression of Interest