Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.  
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Your County Needs You
Last week, a lady phoned my office asking what volunteering opportunities there are with Hertfordshire Constabulary. I know that there are many citizens in Hertfordshire who regularly offer their time and energy to keep Hertfordshire safe, but I think there are many more who would like to play their part but  do not know the range of opportunities or how they can get involved.
 
On Wednesday night I attended a fantastic event celebrating the success of residents who volunteer with the police. The brave men and women of the special constabulary are probably the most visible volunteers in policing. Beyond this, the sheer range of ways to get involved is a real eye-opener: from supporting neighbourhood policing teams to tackling speeding; from providing community safety advice to residents to supporting ‘CSI’-style work on fingerprints and CCTV.  There are 300 volunteers working with our local force; and beyond policing, there are many more ways to get involved in community safety and criminal justice.
 
We should be shouting this from the rooftops.  That is why I have launched a Volunteering Consultation.
 
I believe that community safety is a shared responsibility for all of us. Our strong community ties and our individual actions hold the key to keeping us safe - from remembering to lock doors, to looking out for each other or playing a direct role in reporting crime and giving evidence. But some of you will want to get even more involved and for those of you keen to go the extra mile, I want to make it easy to take the next step to volunteering in the policing and broader criminal justice and community safety spheres.
 
In my draft strategy I outline a wide array of roles; from Victim Support to Special Constable; Drive safe Volunteer to Youth Offender Panelists; Police Community Volunteer to being part of the Neighbourhood Watch. These are just some of the volunteering roles which are established, but I know that there are other areas where volunteers could get involved and I want to hear from you where that might be possible. I would welcome your suggestions and views on how to best support volunteers and build on our success to date.
 
I want to ask you what more we need to do to help people to make community safety their business and whether we do enough to value their contribution.
 
Keeping Hertfordshire safe is something we all have a stake in and to which we can all make a contribution. Public services have much to do individually and much more to do in partnership. But the police often tell me that their most important partner is the public itself. That’s why I want to hear from you. Through this  consultation I hope to hear from you how we can make volunteering in Hertfordshire more accessible and available.
 
I look forward to hearing from you.