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Volunteers’ Week 2016

Alert message sent 01/06/2016 09:57:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

We’re taking this opportunity to say thank you!

From today (1/6) until 12 June we are celebrating our volunteers as part of the National Volunteers’ Week celebrations, the roles they already do and how they (and you) will be part of policing in the future.

Thames Valley Police currently has 1,185 volunteers who contribute many hours of support and assistance. There are around 500 police support volunteers, 495 Special Constables and 199 Police Cadets. They perform dozens of different roles from supporting officers and staff, taking part in training role plays, patrolling, providing crime reduction reassurance, engaging with community groups and supporting our local teams.

Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: “At the start of Volunteers’ Week I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank everybody who volunteers for Thames Valley Police.

“I am both amazed and incredibly grateful for the support that we get across the force from our dedicated team of volunteers, whether in uniform or not. There are, quite simply, many things that would not happen without you.”

Terry Wilkins has been volunteering with Thames Valley Police as a strategic volunteer and mentor for some years. This year that role will be evolving to make him a Citizens in Policing Ambassador , working alongside TVP colleagues and existing volunteers to develop the force’s neighbourhood policing strategy and promoting the engagement of volunteers at all levels of policing.

Terry started volunteering in Reading and Berkshire West around 19 years ago and using his skills from his previous career as a senior manager with multi-national company 3M and his experience as an ex police bobby, helped establish the successful PSV programme in TVP. Four years ago he was awarded the OBE for his services to police volunteering locally and nationally.

He said, “Community participation in policing is vital in helping to keep communities safe. Volunteers make a real difference bringing skills and support to policing which is vital for the future.

“TVP is a leading force in developing a Citizens in Policing approach which seeks to encourage and promote community participation and social action and I am delighted to be part of this important strategic development.”

Richard James, Superintendent for Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships said: “I have been looking at how police can meet the needs of local communities in the future. Through my work it is clear the vital role that volunteers can play to help us do this.

“I am delighted and grateful for the contributions made by so many members of our communities who dedicate their own time to help keep people safe.

“There are also examples of strong local collaborations with communities and businesses working together, and TVP is constantly striving to find better ways of incorporating those who want to volunteer into our plans to make our communities safer.”

Citizens in Policing Development Manager Julie Pink said: “Each and every day I see examples of how our volunteers – whether Police Support Volunteers, Special Constables or Cadets – help widen the role of the police and help us engage with communities throughout the Thames Valley area. Their dedication to supporting local policing teams and getting involved is a real testament to the value they place on their community and it is a pleasure to work alongside them. The Citizens in Policing team are always looking for new opportunities to develop volunteering within the police and to help members of the public get involved.”

For further information, including how you can become a volunteer for TVP please follow our campaign on Facebook and Twitter using #Volunteersweek.

You can also visit our Volunteers Blog site http://tvpvolunteers.blogspot.co.uk/ to hear first-hand from people who volunteer for Thames Valley Police.
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Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)

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