Cheshire Constabulary embraces Volunteers’ Week Date published: 8th June 2018 2.33pm

Cheshire Constabulary has undertaken a week of activities hailing the vital roles that volunteers play throughout the county.

Held from Friday 1 June to Thursday 7 June, Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Cheshire Constabulary fully embraced the national initiative, holding special events and promoting the work of a range of volunteers that aid the force and the general public on a daily basis.

The week began with Cheshire-wide volunteering opportunities being promoted on display boards in the canteen of the force’s headquarters in Winsford. Displayed throughout the week, the boards also advertised the benefits of volunteering to all staff and visitors, with the work of Police Cadets particularly highlighted.

On Saturday and Sunday Cheshire Special Constabulary officers gave around 1,500 hours of their own time and completed approximately 150 duties as part of National Specials Weekend. Special police officers across the county were involved in a number of initiatives over the two days, such as licensing events, rural and localised patrols, speed enforcement activities and community engagement events. They also took part in a number of shows, including the Classic Motor Vehicle Show at Tatton Park.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire David Keane also hosted a volunteer appreciation event on Sunday. He was joined by Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick and the High Sheriff of Cheshire Alexis Redmond as he handed out certificates to volunteers from both the constabulary and his office to thank them for supporting the police and giving up their free time to help keep communities safe.

On Monday the force’s human resources recruitment team held online question and answer sessions for Special Constables and Police Cadets. Further recruitment events will take place next week.

The HR team also actively promoted the roles of Police Constables and Special Constables in Macclesfield, Warrington and Widnes during the week.

Events at Cheshire Constabulary as part of Volunteers’ Week saw managers praise their volunteering teams and acknowledge their contribution to the force. Police support volunteers also talked about their roles and why they are happy to give up their free time to fulfil them.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for Cheshire Constabulary should visit https://www.cheshire.police.uk/jobs/police-support-volunteers/ for more information.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) appoints a range of volunteers that help to ensure the public receive an efficient and effective police service, as well as ensuring that Cheshire Constabulary treats people and animals in a professional manner. For more details visit https://bit.ly/2Jt8JpO.