Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson, alongside representatives from the Force are joining many organisations across the country to acknowledge the contributions made by millions as part of National Volunteers Week: The Big Contribution from Wednesday 1 to Sunday 12 June.
As well as highlighting the good work of volunteers, the week is also an opportunity to highlight the many opportunities available to become a volunteer.
Mr Macpherson said: “Policing is the responsibility of everyone, whether that is in their home, community or as part of the police force so I am delighted when the public want to take the opportunity to volunteer with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) or with the Force.
“Volunteers and Specials are part of our police family, they make valuable contributions to our organisations not only with their time but also with the knowledge and skills they bring from other roles and experiences.
“The OPCC is supported by a number of volunteers including Community Speed Watch, Independent Custody Visitors, Neighbourhood Watch and independent panel members, who help me to hold Wiltshire Police to account.
“It is important that we continue to involve the public in the work we do and we are continually looking for opportunities for people to volunteer with the OPCC. I am currently recruiting for Restorative Justice Facilitators to join our team, so if you are thinking about volunteering please get in touch.
“I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the contribution each individual makes to the OPCC and to the Force. It could be one hour or it could be 20 hours. I really appreciate that you are taking the time to share your skills and knowledge to support us.”
Wiltshire Police Special Superintendent Strategic Volunteer Development Scott Bateman said: “For some, volunteering may be an opportunity to build skills and gain experience, while for others it is a way of giving back to the community.
“To the organisation it makes a big difference. We really value the contribution volunteers make and it is important that the public have opportunities to work with us to see how the Force operates.
“We are always looking for people to join our team of volunteers and we are currently advertising a number of volunteer roles on the Wiltshire Police website. We understand that the roles might not be suitable for everyone so if none of the roles are for you please complete the expression of interest form; we will keep in touch, let you know when new roles are advertised and if there are any particular roles you may enjoy.
“I would like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers for your continued commitment and support over the years.”