Hertfordshire Police celebrates National Volunteers’ Week

Volunteers' Week celebrates volunteers and says thank you to them for the contribution that they make

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 3:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 3:16 pm

Hertfordshire Police celebrated the work of its fantastic Police Support Volunteers (PSVs) during National Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7).

Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thanks for the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

The force’s volunteers work across a variety of roles including:

Volunteer Ben Richardson receiving his certificates from Charlie Hall

- Assisting Safer Neighbourhood Teams with Neighbourhood Watch sign-ups

- Helping to review CCTV footage as part of investigations

- Acting as role play volunteers to help train new recruits

- Assisting various teams with admin tasks, to help free up officers’ time

Volunteer Daryll Davie receiving his certificates from Charlie Hall

- Helping to run Volunteer Police Cadet groups

- Supporting vulnerable victims and witnesses through the RAPPAW scheme alongside their four-legged companions

- Carrying out speeding operations through the DriveSafe scheme (overseen by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office)

- Reviewing use of force as part of an independent panel (overseen by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office)

- Puppy fostering for potential new dog unit recruits

- Assisting the police historical society.

While the challenges of the past year have prevented the majority of them from carrying out their usual roles, some have instead given their time to assist with Hertfordshire Police's Covid-19 response.

This has included assisting with the rapid testing programme at headquarters, ensuring adequate stocks of PPE, helping with door to door testing in Broxbourne and delivering essentials to vulnerable people who were shielding.

To recognise their work during the pandemic, 32 volunteers were presented with certificates and letters of thanks during National Volunteers’ Week; 14 of whom came to headquarters to receive them from Chief Constable Charlie Hall.

More than 30 volunteers also received certificates throughout the week for their long volunteer service.

Community Safety Manager Jo Weller said: “While we weren’t able to celebrate this year’s National Volunteers’ Week in the way we normally would, we still wanted to mark the occasion and show our gratitude to the fantastic men and women who make such a difference to the Constabulary.

"Their valuable support frees up officers’ time, allowing them to concentrate on frontline duties.

“There are many benefits to volunteering; it offers the chance to give something back to the community and to make a difference to the people around you.

"It also provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on your existing experience and knowledge.

"New opportunities arise frequently, so if you are interested in volunteering with us, then please get in touch.”

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “My Police and Crime Plan for Hertfordshire is titled Everybody’s Business, as I believe we all should all play our part in keeping communities safe.

“Nothing exemplifies this more than the hundreds of volunteers who give up their time to help with policing and criminal justice issues.

"I would like to commend and thank them all for their efforts, especially those who have so ably assisted throughout the pandemic.”

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, you can apply or find out more by visiting herts.police.uk/PoliceSupportVolunteers.