Police gives thanks to ‘dedicated’ volunteers
THAMES Valley Police is supporting National Volunteers’ Week 2015 to celebrate the important contribution that the force’s volunteers make.
The week, which runs from June 1 to 7, is a national celebration of volunteering. Organisations all over the country will be using this week to thank their existing volunteers, open new initiatives, recruit and celebrate their contribution.
Thames Valley Police has more than 1,200 volunteers supporting officers and staff. This number is made up of more than 600 special constables, about 530 police support volunteers and 110 police cadets. This group of willing individuals provided Thames Valley Police with more than 400,000 hours of additional support in 2014/15.
During the week, the force has been hosting a number of ‘thank you’ events and issuing personalised letters to each volunteer.
Assistant Chief Constable Alan Baldwin said: “The work that Thames Valley Police volunteers do never fails to impress me.
“We are proud and privileged to work with such people who put their communities and local people before themselves and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of them for their commitment, dedication, care and for supporting regular colleagues and staff.”
The new superintendent for neighbourhood policing and partnerships, Richard James, added: “Taking time out to become a volunteer for the police is a true demonstration of the commitment our volunteers have to support their local community.
“The time that they give allows officers and staff the opportunity to focus on their core responsibilities in the knowledge that volunteers are there to help and support them. Our volunteers make a huge difference to Thames Valley Police and I’d like to thank them for all they do.”
For more information on volunteering for Thames Valley Police, visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk.