The contribution of police volunteers across the county was recognised on at an event hosted by Police & Crime Commissioner John Dwyer and Chief Constable Simon Byrne.
More than 70 volunteers joined together at police headquarters in Winsford on Sunday, March 13 for the Volunteer Appreciation event to receive thanks from the Constabulary and also hear how people from all walks of life are giving up hours of their own times to make a contribution to policing in Cheshire.
The Chief Constable and Police & Crime Commissioner spoke about volunteering, the opportunities available and how grateful the organisation and the wider community are for them giving up their time.
Volunteers were also invited to speak about the part they play in keeping our communities safe, including dog volunteers, custody visitors, staff at the museum of policing in Warrington, representatives from Cheshire CARES, members of the Police Cadets and officers from the Special Constabulary.
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer said: “I’m extremely proud of the community spirit I see every day in Cheshire – a spirit which is reflected in the support given by the hundreds of volunteers supporting the work of the police.
“Public participation in policing is vital in ensuring that Cheshire has a police force which is able to build bridges with the communities it serves and increase its legitimacy. Importantly it also enables policing to harness expertise that we would otherwise not benefit from. With this in mind, I have been delighted to see the Constabulary developing innovative methods for people to get involved such as the HorseWatch scheme, and specialist role opportunities for volunteers. The introduction of ‘Specials’ within the Dedicated Rape Unit and cyber-crime ‘Specials’, working within the Economic Crime Unit are great examples”
“With police officers, staff and volunteers all working together, they are really making a difference to our communities. I thank each and every volunteer for the time that they give to this endeavour.”
Chief Constable Simon Byrne added: “Volunteers are an integral part of how we police here in Cheshire. They make an invaluable contribution to our communities and support us in ensuring that we’re here for people when they need us and where they need us.
“The event was the perfect opportunity to express our gratitude to the volunteers and show them that, as an organisation and as a wider community, we appreciate every minute of the time that they give.”
The work of Cheshire Constabulary is supported by more than 1,700 volunteers, who give up their time to help and improve the communities in which we live. To find out more about becoming a police support volunteer, visit www.cheshire.police.uk