Police forces in our region are supporting a national campaign to recruit more special constables and volunteers.
It's called Step Up, and it's hoped to encourage people to help support their local communities.
It comes at a time when the police are having to manage with tighter budgets.
In Suffolk, there's been a significant increase in the number of volunteers. In 2008 it was 30. Today there are around 200.
Sarah Hills is one of the 20 horseback volunteers. She regularly patrols the roads and bridleways close to her home near Beccles.
"There are less police these days," she says. "The response times aren't as quick as we'd like them to be. By having this it helps the force. "
She has no real powers but sees herself as the eyes and ears in a rural community.
When Scott Waring isn't working as a ticket inspector on the London Underground, he's a special constable in Suffolk.
"We're welcomed with open arms because of the fiscal nature of the police" he said. "We are a resource to them and have the same powers as a regular police officer."
He's one of 200 special constables in Suffolk.
"They come to us for ten weekends over a 20 weekend period and they are taught all aspects of the law, " said Karen Harris, the specials, volunteers and cadets manager in Suffolk.
"They then go out and they are buddied or they shadow an officer or a special constable that's already experienced and they learn all aspects of being a special constable and it's a fantastic opportunity to support the community"
In Norfolk the need for more community support has been intensified because of the Chief Constable's recent controversial proposal to axe the county's 150 police and community support officers.
Helen Maxwell's one of them. She's paid for her own training and licence to become a drone pilot with the force but expects to get her redundancy notice in the New Year.
"Numerous people have come up to my colleagues and myself when we are on patrol and are very disappointed that we're not going to be that visible presence, " Helen said. "They're sad about that and regard it as a loss."