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Be a Volunteer - and play your part to keep Hertfordshire safe
Timed to coincide with National Volunteers Week, Hertfordshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner and Deputy Chief Constable have launched a new Volunteering Strategy which aims to get even more people playing their part to keep the county safe.

Commissioner David Lloyd and Deputy Chief Constable Alison Roome-Gifford were joined by local people, who already volunteer in Hertfordshire, (pictured) to unveil the plan.

A consultation began last year to find out what opportunities existed for volunteering in support of policing and community safety.  The consultation also explored what more the Commissioner could do to help, why people volunteer and the benefits of volunteering – what makes volunteering a positive experience for individuals and how it benefits the wider community.

Commissioner Lloyd said: “Civic participation in Hertfordshire is well-embedded – volunteers across the county are already helping to make the county safer and I want to draw on that community spirit and encourage even more people to think about volunteering.

“I’ve always said that policing is not just the job of the police – every one of us has a part to play, however small.”

The Commissioner and Constabulary’s joint strategy encompasses a range of volunteering opportunities from the highest commitment of being a fully-trained Special Constable, with full police powers, to the more modest Neighbourhood Watch member who ensures their shed is secure following an OWL message received with a police warning about shed burglaries in the neighbourhood.

Other existing volunteer schemes include Police Community Volunteers who are based at police stations and support local and specialist policing teams; Independent Custody Visitors who check the welfare of prisoners at police stations and ensure cells are up to standard; Community DriveSafe schemes where local people are supported by police to run speed awareness operations; and volunteers for independent charities such as Victim Support and Crimestoppers.

Deputy Chief Constable Alison Roome-Gifford said: “There are so many benefits to volunteering – it offers the chance to give something back to the community and make a difference to the people around you. It provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on your existing experience and knowledge. It can be challenging and offers everyone the chance to participate and contribute to community safety and quality of life in Hertfordshire.”

Anyone interested in volunteering, or wants to find out more, should visit www.herts.police.uk/volunteers or www.hertscommissioner.org.

You can contact Commissioner Lloyd’s office by email:  commissioner@herts.pnn.police.uk or by phone: 01707 806100 or by post: Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 4GZ. 

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