The first Volunteer Police Community Support Officers (VPCSO) in the country have been welcomed into 'the Lincolnshire Police family' by police and crime commissioner Alan Hardwick.
Twelve volunteers will work alongside PCSO mentors as they work towards becoming VPCSOs and help the force police an area of more than 2,000 square miles.
During a ceremony at police headquarters in Nettleham, Mr Hardwick said he had every confidence that the scheme would work and that it was not policing on the cheap.
"This is not a new idea but nobody has ever brought that idea to fruition," said Mr Hardwick.
"They are the first of what I hope will be maybe as many as a couple of hundred volunteer PCSOs within the next two years.
"The scheme is being watched very closely by government and other police forces. I have absolutely no doubt that when it is a success other forces will decide to recruit their own VPCSOs.
"It is not policing on the cheap. These people will enhance the policing of the county and are not replacing anyone. They are in addition to the warranted officers and special constables that we have."
Mr Hardwick went on to say that the volunteers, although not paid employees, will be getting something in return.
"We will be benefiting from having volunteers but it is important that they get something out of the experience too," he said.
"It is a case of what is in it for them and that will vary for each volunteer.
"Some will be looking to help communities and offer support while some will be looking to build a CV.
"We will help them with that.
"I am immensely proud. I am proud that Lincolnshire is a force that has always punched above its weight and that we are going to be the first force to have VPCSOs."
VPCSOs will have the same powers of PCSOs and the initial twelve volunteers will start their training in February.
It is estimated that the cost of training and kitting out a VPCSO will be around £1,200 and police bosses say that investment will be repaid within 10 months with the hours they will patrol the streets.
One of the volunteers, student Lilly Collins, said she signed up for work experience.
"I am studying forensic science and I really wanted to get some hands on work experience," said the 19-year-old.
"I can't wait to get out on the streets now and meet new people and learn new skills."