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Police and crime commissioner thanks volunteers for making a difference

1 June, 2015

Volunteers who give up their time to help Lancashire Constabulary are to be celebrated at a series of ‘thank you’ events.

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, will hand each of the county’s volunteers a letter of appreciation at the celebrations, which are being held as part of Volunteers week.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place between June 1 and 7. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the country.

In Lancashire, Constabulary volunteers make a difference by supporting community road watch scheme and neighbourhood watch schemes and assist local policing teams. Volunteers monitor police animal welfare, provide a chaplaincy service and give administrative support to departments including the public protection unit and CID, freeing up officers’ time so they can focus on police work.

The Commissioner said: “The difference volunteers make to the Lancashire cannot be underestimated and I would like to thank every one of them for all they have done and all they continue to do to support the organisation and their communities.

“Volunteers help make the Constabulary the outstanding Force it is and I am grateful for all the time and effort they dedicate to making a difference.

“The role volunteers play is continuing to grow in importance across Lancashire and is a key part of the pioneering Early Action work due to be rolled out through the Police Innovation Funded work.”

Constabulary volunteers will be recognised at three special events on June 3. Those who volunteer in West Division are invited to The Crofters Hotel in Garstang from noon until 2pm, those who help in South Division will be celebrated at Preston Guild Hall from 2.30pm until 4.30pm and East Division volunteers will attend the Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa, in Clayton-le-Moors, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.

Headquarters volunteers and chaplains will receive their letters of appreciation at the Building Effective Citizens in Policing Communities conference at Lancashire Police’s Hutton site on June 5.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates added: “These thank you events are an 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.”

The Commissioner has also written to Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs), who play a vital role in ensuring the welfare of detainees and raising standards of custody.

Becoming a community volunteer or an ICV are just two ways people can get involved with helping Lancashire Police – the Force also has a Cadet scheme and Special Constables who provide a vital link between officers and the communities they serve.

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