John Campion, the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Deputy Lead on Citizens in Policing, is celebrating the varied contribution made by volunteers as part of National Volunteers week
During the week, which coincides with National Specials Weekend, the Commissioner will be providing the opening speech at both the Citizens Policing Workshop in York and the West Mercia Volunteers Conference, recognising the work of a range of volunteers locally and nationally.
Through a series of videos on social media, the PCC will profile just some of the volunteers who contribute to protecting West Mercia’s communities. These include members of the Special Constabulary, Independent Custody Visitors, Neighbourhood Watch members, Community Speedwatch Volunteers and Search and Rescue Volunteers.
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said “It is pleasing to see the amount and the variety of volunteers in diverse roles, who make a valuable contribution to building a safer West Mercia. This is our opportunity to celebrate them and the positive impact they have on policing: putting victims first, reassuring communities and working hard to keep people safe and secure.
There are some leading examples of West Mercia volunteers going above and beyond to help others, and I would like thank each and every person who contributes. I’m keen to ensure that volunteer programmes remain a priority for West Mercia Police and that we continue to give our volunteers the reward and recognition they deserve.“
Anthony Bangham, Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, said: “Volunteers come from all walks of life and give up valuable time to make a significant contribution to West Mercia Police and the communities we serve. We offer a range of volunteering opportunities to residents across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire, including roles as Police Support Volunteers, Police Cadets or Special Constables and the conference is our opportunity to thank our volunteers. The West Mercia Volunteers Conference is also an occasion where we can provide them with information about the way we work and new developments that will improve our services”.
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Issued: Thursday 1st June 2017
West Mercia Special Constabulary
West Mercia Neighbourhood Watch:
West Mercia Search and Rescue:
Community Speed Watch Volunteers
Independent Custody Visitors: