Volunteers in Lancashire are part of Neighbourhood Watch and Community Road Safety schemes. Some are Cadet leaders and others help out poling departments with administration to free up officers’ time for investigations.
Mr Grunshaw said: “Volunteers provide a vital link between the county’s varied and diverse communities and the police and so I was absolutely delighted to meet them all personally and thank them for the work they do.
“The contribution of volunteers cannot be underestimated. Lancashire Police is an outstanding force and the work they do helps us to keep that status.
“As we look to the future, the role volunteers play will inevitably grow as we look towards incorporating more early action, to provide the best services for people at the earliest opportunity, into policing.
“Our volunteers are a real asset and I make the commitment that their contribution will continue to be valued.”
The celebrations were held at the Crofter’s Hotel, in Garstang, Preston Guildhall and at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa, in Clayton-le-Moors. Entertainment was provided by young musicians from local schools.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates added: “These thank you events were an excellent opportunity for us as an organisation to thank all those who have given their time to help with everything from working in the community, helping the vulnerable and supporting local policing, as well as those who provide vital specialist skills throughout key areas of Lancashire Constabulary.”
If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer, visit https://lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/become-a-volunteer/ or www.lancashire.police.uk/about-us/our-people/citizens-in-policing.aspx