VOLUNTEERS have been praised for helping keep communities in the borough safe.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe, speaking during National Volunteers’ Week, paid tribute to the “significant contribution” made by volunteers.
Warwickshire Police has had strong links to the voluntary sector for many years. Currently, there are members of the public from all walks of life volunteering their time and skills in various roles including special constables, police support volunteers and police cadets, to working in their communities combating issues such as speeding and anti-social behaviour.
The PCC also supports a number of schemes for volunteers, including providing funding for Neighbourhood Watch schemes across the county and the Street Pastors in Rugby, as well as launching the Mounted Police Support Volunteer Scheme, which helps provide additional ‘eyes and ears’ for the police in rural communities.
Volunteers from the Independent Custody Visitors scheme also play an important role in ensuring the safety of detainees and maintaining standards at custody centres in the county, while others on the Trust, Integrity and Ethics Committee help the PCC hold the force to account.
Mr Seccombe said: “I greatly appreciate the role that volunteers play in keeping Warwickshire safe – it really is invaluable and should not be overlooked.
“Volunteers and the special constabulary will continue to play an active role when I publish my Police and Crime Plan later this year and I hope that National Volunteers’ Week has inspired more people to come forward and give something back to their community.”
Warwickshire Police is always interested to hear from people who want to give some of their spare time to help their community or want to join the Special Constabulary.
Visit www.warwickshire.police.uk/ for full details.