Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are set to celebrate National Volunteers’ Week (June 1-12) by thanking the volunteers who contribute to policing activities every day.
There are hundreds already making a difference to their community by volunteering and the constabulary is looking for more like-minded people.
From Specials to police support volunteers and cadet leaders, volunteers play an important part in keeping the county safe.
June 4 and 5 is national Specials Weekend, when the support Special constables provide to policing in England and Wales will be showcased.
Throughout this week and next we will be celebrating the contribution volunteers make to policing in Cambridgeshire while encouraging others to join up.
The force currently has more than 250 Specials but the aim is to reach 300 next year.
They provide support over a whole range of policing activity, from road policing, football matches and emergency response to major crime and other specialist areas such as domestic abuse and the rural crime team.
Specials Weekend will see Specials carrying out duties across the county, including patrolling at the Strawberry Fair in Cambridge, night-time economy patrols and executing warrants.
In the 12 months from April last year to March this year, Specials worked nearly 10,000 shifts in Cambridgeshire, amounting to just over 66,000 hours of duty.
Like the regular colleagues they work alongside, Specials are sworn in by a magistrate and have the same powers by law, including power of arrest.
Specials must commit a minimum of four hours a week to their duties.
Chief Constable Alec Wood said: “Our volunteers come from all walks of life and join for many diverse reasons, but the contribution they make is enormous.
“Volunteering is a great opportunity to give something back to your community while getting involved in the exciting world of policing and gaining professional training, skills and experience.
â€œThose who do join us get a unique insight into the current challenges of delivering local policing and provide an independent voice on behalf of the communities we serve.
“I would like to thank all our volunteers and would encourage anyone else who wants to do something worthwhile in their spare time to visit the recruitment pages of our website.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite said: “The Chief Constable and I both recognise the enormous contribution volunteers make, and are constantly impressed by the level of commitment, professionalism and determination volunteers demonstrate.
“Whilst we recognise that people are able to make different levels of commitment, whatever they give makes a difference and is hugely valued.”
Vic Kerlin, head of the Special Constabulary, said: “This week, culminating in National Specials Weekend, is a great opportunity for me to thank and acknowledge our existing Special officers for their superb work.
“The level of dedication, effort and flexibility they show is a matter of immense pride for the force.
“I would also like to encourage anyone who wants to join the policing team, make a difference to their community and gain invaluable life skills to seriously consider applying to become a Special.
“It’s a great way to do something really worthwhile and discover what you’re capable of. Many have and are immensely grateful that they took the opportunity when they did.
“If you can spare a minimum of four hours a week and want to join our team, visit the force website or attend one our recruitment events which will take place across the county next weekend (June 11-12).”
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