The Commissioner and Constabulary are celebrating an exciting milestone; there are now over 1000 volunteers participating in policing.
Police and Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer said, “I made a commitment to the public of Cheshire to increase the number of volunteers to 1000. I am delighted that we have reached this number and that so many members of the public are giving up their time to support policing their communities. “
The Constabulary are actively encouraging people to participate in policing and join the policing family, and there are several different ways members of the public can get involved.
Whether that is on the front line supporting regular officers as Special Constables, giving their time to support police staff and PCSO’s as Police Support Volunteers, or being the eyes and ears within our communities as Watch Schemes members; there is an opportunity that can suit anyone.
The value that volunteers bring to the organisation is tremendous. They play a vital role in helping the force to reduce crime by working closely with Cheshire’s communities.
Volunteering provides people with valuable new skills and opportunities, and they undoubtedly make a tangible difference to community policing; it is a great achievement that so many members of the public want to dedicate their time to supporting the Constabulary.
Chief Inspector Heath, Participation lead says, “I am thrilled so many members of the public are giving up their free time to support community policing.
I want to personally thank all of the volunteers who are supporting the Constabulary, each volunteer is as valuable to this organisation as each other and I cannot stress enough that your time and dedication is extremely appreciated.”
Over the past three years the Constabulary has seen our Special Constabulary go from strength to strength. We now have members of the public volunteering in areas of the Constabulary such as, the dogs unit, victim support and Community Engagement. We have set up several new watch schemes, such as Horsewatch and Cycle Watch which combined have close to 750 members. We have also successfully developed a Police Cadet Programme where 16-18 year olds can get involved with the Constabulary.
Mr. Dwyer concluded saying “Thank you to everyone for your ongoing commitment, and thank you for all the dedication you give to the Constabulary and to my office.”