Po­lice gives thanks to ‘ded­i­cated’ vol­un­teers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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