Leicestershire Police is supporting National Volunteers Week (1-7 June) by celebrating the contribution made by volunteers in policing.
Special constables, cadets and police support volunteers will come together with police officers and staff in a host of activities throughout the week.
This year’s national theme is “you make the difference”, allowing us to appreciate all the hard work that volunteers contribute to the force, and their communities.
Police Support Volunteers (PSVs) will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities, including providing crime prevention advice at a café empowering disabled people, and supporting a volunteering fair at Brocks Hill Visitor Centre in Oadby (6 June).
Specials will be involved in policing the night time economy and patrolling at the Riverside Festival to mark National Specials weekend (3-4 June).
Specials and cadets will be working together in a traffic operation, a first for the cadets. The specials will teach them how to use a hand-held speed camera, carry out a safe stop and complete relevant checks.
Cadets will also be volunteering their time to prepare for their upcoming Duke of Edinburgh expedition next month, and will be taking part in local events to support their cadet units.
Emma Corns, Manager of Volunteers in Policing at Leicestershire Police, said:
“Volunteers help us to provide the best service we can to our communities, which in turn helps to lower the amount of crime, and the fear of crime, that occurs across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. We appreciate our volunteers every day, but this week gives us a chance to formally recognise all the excellent work they’ve been doing.”
The cherry on top will be when all of the volunteers come together to celebrate the hard work they have contributed to Leicestershire Police and to helping others in their communities at the third annual Volunteers in Policing Awards night, on Wednesday 7 June.
More than 800 volunteers will be recognised for donating their personal time to the force, and have been invited to attend the awards evening. The Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, will join Chief Constable Simon Cole to enjoy the celebrations. Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Riders and De Montfort University are just some of the many local organisations that will be sponsoring various awards that will be presented during the night.
Superintendent Martyn Ball, Strategic Lead for Volunteers, said: “Volunteers in Policing are vital in supporting us to deliver our duty to the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and helping us to keep them safe.
“It will be a pleasure to celebrate with the volunteers and I take great pride in recognising formally the efforts and commitment that is shown by them.
“Our volunteers have proved that by joining our policing family, they are rewarded with great experiences and training that helps to develop both their personal and professional lives. They gain skills and unique experiences, all while giving something back to the community.”
Police support volunteers use their skills, experience and local knowledge to make a positive contribution in their community by supporting the work we do. We have a wide range of roles available, varying from Neighbourhood Support Volunteers, to Digital Media Recovery and Cadet Leaders.
Specials are volunteer police officers with the same powers as regular officers. They typically spend around four hours a week, or more, working alongside and supporting regular officers to tackle crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
If you’d like to volunteer your time to help your local community, please have a look on the Leicestershire Police website where you will find further details and the relevant application form.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News