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Some of Northumbria Police’s youngest volunteers have been learning more about how police control rooms work. PCSO Tim Cousins, who makes up part of the Wallsend Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), arranged for a group of Mini Police Volunteers from St Columba’s RC Primary School to visit the Northern Communications base.
GMP recognises International Women's Day
A team of suffragette enthusiasts performed re-enactments and songs to an audience at GMPs Serious Crime Department at Nexus House. Organised by Superintendent Nicky Porter and the association of Women in Policing (aWP), the event showed women’s struggle to get the vote and encourage women’s rights.
A band of volunteers have been recruited by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to give peer-to-peer support to older victims of fraud and cyber-crime. The Senior Scam Busters, which comprises of 10 predominantly older and retired people, will be trained to give fraud advice and guidance as well as signpost people to specific agencies when necessary.
Meet Fairfax County (USA) Volunteers
The US Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program was established in 1999 to utilise Volunteers to supplement the administrative operations within policing. The Fairfax County Volunteers Scheme has around 80-90 volunteers and they give around 60 hours per year (around 5 hours per month).
New Citizens in Policing National NPCC lead is appointed
Chief Constable Lisa Winward takes over the role from former Chief Constable, Dave Jones, who retired earlier this year. Her appointment was confirmed in September by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
Staffordshire Cadet Leaders awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Staffordshire Police Cadets adult leaders have been given the royal seal of approval – after being awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The honour is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups.
Police Support Volunteers recognised at Annual Citizens in Policing Awards 2018
GMP’s Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins QPM, hosted the annual Citizens in Policing Awards 2018 during National Volunteers Week. There are 11 categories to nominate in and the Police Support Volunteer Individual and Team category winners are featured.
South African adventure for Westminster award winning Cadet
A Derbyshire Constabulary Volunteer Police Cadet, Naomi Eyre, has beaten off tough competition in Somerset to win a place on a trip to South Africa after reaching the finals of the National CVQO Westminster Award.
Teenager Victoria Delahunt has been appointed as Leicestershire Police’s first female High Sheriff Cadet, after joining the force’s Volunteer Police Cadet programme two years ago.
Police Support Volunteer receives Derbyshire Constabulary Award
Deborah Lush became a PSV two and a half years ago. She serves as a customer care volunteer based in the equality unit at Derbyshire HQ, alongside the Police Link Officer for the Deaf (PLOD), who supports people that are hearing impaired. A member of the deaf community, she is passionate about improving and developing the link between the police and the deaf community.
Sussex Police & Fire and Rescue Service host garden party for volunteers
Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service hosted a tea party to celebrate their volunteers. Volunteers from both services were invited to attend and share light refreshments with their Chief Of cers in the gardens at the joint headquarters in Lewes.
Volunteers signed up to raise awareness of cyber crime
Lancashire Police has signed up more than 30 volunteers to deliver basic cyber and digital presentations to various communities around the county.
The Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT) of Avon and Somerset Constabulary is among the winners to receive the prestigious UN Public Service Award on Friday 23rd June, for its initiative to provide specialised, protective, fraud education services for the older adult population of the South West Region.
National Crime Agency Specials
Faye Clough, National Crime Agency (NCA) Specials and Volunteers Manager gives Volunteering Matters an overview of the programme and the Volunteers’ contributions.
Natalia Witczak, a Shirebrook resident who gives up her time to help police communicate with the area’s diverse population has won derbyshire Constabulary’s first Volunteer of the year Award.
GMP Volunteer Police Cadets Annual Competition
The inaugural Greater Manchester Police Volunteer Police Cadet Annual Competition took place recently at GMP's Training Centre, Sedgely Park. 130 Cadets representing 13 units from across Greater Manchester and Derbyshire took part.
A year in the lives of Trafford Volunteer Police Cadets
In 2016 the Cadets assisted the Police Training Centre at Sedgley Park on nine occasions by role acting for the Special Constabulary Skills Development Exercises. This also enabled the Cadets to develop their own knowledge of the areas being assessed whilst role acting.
North Wales Volunteer reflects on unique role
Ashley Harding is a 26-year-old undergraduate student. He is a volunteer at North Wales Police, but his role is unique as it is believed to be the only one of its kind in the UK. He currently volunteers within the North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) division; a trust who strive to promote a safer North Wales by supporting local communities.
Rural crime is one of the Neighbourhood Policing
priorities being tackled in Ribble Valley. To combat
this, officers have spent the last 12 months creating an
initiative which will increase community involvement
in order to support the constabulary in rural crime
Cleveland Police Cadets win national awards
Cleveland Police Cadets have beaten stiff competition to
win a second national award for their work with people
living with dementia in the local community.
Police Support Volunteer awarded for act of bravery
Friday 1 May 2015 was just a normal day for Barrie Charters-Rowe, 73, as he was travelling home with his wife Trish, until he came across a road accident on Narborough Road in Leicester.
Bedfordshire Cadets scoop national award
Bedfordshire Police Cadets have scooped the High Sheriffs’ Association of England and Wales National Crime beat Award 2015/2016 for their outstanding contribution to helping to reduce crime and creating a safer community.
The Neighbourhood Watch conference took place in December 2015, the objective of the event was to make sure that their key volunteers, police and other important partners have a shared understanding of where they are now, why they need to start doing some things differently and how they plan to take this forward.
GMP museum record high visitors
The Museum was founded in 1981. It not only collects and preserves archive material and objects relating to the history of policing in the Greater Manchester area, but acts as an important resource for community engagement, where visitors can talk to staff and volunteers about policing.
Police Support Volunteer honoured at Downing Street event
A Warwickshire Police Support Volunteer has been nominated as a North Warwickshire and Bedworth Community Champion and was invited to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.
West Midlands University students win police gap year in landmark project
A group of Coventry students will swap lectures for law and order after landing a year-long placement with West Midlands Police. In a UK-first initiative, 12 undergraduates from Coventry University and Coventry University College will be sworn in as Special Constables and handed a gap-year working with the city’s police force.
In North Yorkshire, more than 40 farmers and Watch volunteers, representing Borderwatch, Thirsk Valewatch, Girsby Watch, Bedale Watch and Stokesley Watch, worked alongside officers from North Yorkshire Police and five other police forces as part of Operation Checkpoint on one of the coldest nights of the year.
Northumbria Volunteers to help curb speeding
Volunteers from Northumberland villages have been quick to step up to the mark to help keep speeding motorists at bay. The Northumbria Police Community Speed Watch (CSW) scheme has recruited 31 locals from Morpeth, Alnwick, Berwick and Hexham who will assist officers tackling speeding in local areas.
State of the art crime scene investigation boxes have been introduced for Post Mortems and Crime Scenes in West Yorkshire after volunteers gave up their time to lend their expertise to the force. These boxes are affectionately known as Red and Green boxes.
Telephone Befriending Service
In 2012, Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and Avon and Somerset Police began a joint telephone befriending service. It has run as a pilot for two years and is now business as usual. The idea is that police call handlers identify vulnerable adults who contact the Constabulary about non-police matters and offer them over-the-phone support from RVS telephone volunteers.
Celebrating National Volunteers Week with our Citizens in Policing Profiles
National Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which took place this year on 1-7 June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of Volunteers across the UK. Volunteering Matters would like to take the opportunity to showcase some of our Citizens in Policing who give their time aspolice volunteers.
Guest Article - Lions Club International
This issue we welcome an overview of the Lions Club International, which is the world’s largest voluntary service organisation with 1.34 Million members in some 208 countries and geographic areas.
The Citizens in Policing Conference 2014 was held 28/29 January 2014 where some 140 delegates, including practitioners, ACPO officers and Police and Crime Commissioners, attended. The conference offered lots of opportunity for delegates to network and share good practice.
Proud of Stockport - Rita Armin
The ‘Proud of Stockport’ Awards 2014 took place in the Town Hall Ballroom on 4th February 2014. Rita Armin, a Police Support Volunteer with Greater Manchester Police was the winner of the Special Police Award category.
GMP Cadets helped wrap Christmas hampers filled with food and winter essentials which were delivered to vulnerable and elderly people across Greater Manchester, bringing some cheer to those who may not otherwise see a friendly face over the festive period.
Cash boost for Kent Search and Rescue volunteers
The invaluable support given to the force by volunteers at Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR) was recognised recently with a £1,000 donation.
The Lord Ferrers Awards 2013 were held in June at Westminster. These annual national awards provide an excellent opportunity to recognise the wide range of skills that both Special Constables and Police Support Volunteers bring to policing throughout England and Wales.
Cumbrian winners at National Neighbourhood Watch Awards
Two Cumbria Police Support volunteers won recognition for their outstanding contribution to administration and management of ‘Cumbria Community Messaging’.
The scheme, developed by Sergeant Jane Butler and Youth Strategy Officer PC Andrew Marsden, is aimed at 13- 17 year-olds and provides a programme of weekly Cadet nights filled with activity, information and – hopefully – some fun.
Humberside volunteers in partnership with Fire & Rescue
Volunteers who offer their time and effort to Humberside Police are set to wear two hats as their services are shared in partnership with Humberside Fire and Rescue.
Police Support Volunteers Success at National Awards
On 19 October successful nominees for the National Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteer Awards were invited to The Great Hall, Westminster, London to receive their awards from Lord Taylor of Holbeach, CBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Criminal Information.
Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service Community Volunteers
Alun James , Community Volunteer, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service tells Volunteering Matters about his volunteer role.
Welcome to the first ever edition of Volunteering Matters. A foreword by Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police.
Guest View - Susan J Ellis
Each issue we will have a specialist in volunteering guest to share their views with us. This edition we welcome Susan J Ellis, President of Energize, Inc., a training, consulting, and publishing firm that specialises in volunteerism.
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