PCC Volunteers honoured at Citizens in Policing Awards Ceremony
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Stuart Nagler MBE presented the PCC Volunteer of the Year Awards at the fourth annual Citizens in Policing Awards Ceremony last week.

The event took place at the Constabulary’s Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Thursday evening (June 22) to honour the hard work put in by the all volunteers, who have contributed to Constabulary in the past year.

PCC Volunteer of the Year was received by Gus Mathie, an Independent Custody Visitor from Hitchin. The runners up included Independent Custody Visitors; Sharifa Chaudry and John Hartshorne.

PCC Volunteer Team of the Year was awarded to Liz Hall, lead volunteer of the Bishop’s Stortford Drivesafe Group. The Brockswood Lane DriveSafe Group in Welwyn Garden City and the Weston DriveSafe Group in North Hertfordshire were runners-up.

Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Stuart Nagler MBE said: “Hertfordshire is a very special place because there are more volunteers per head of population in this county than anywhere else in the UK.

We know volunteering takes up time and we really appreciate the commitment volunteers make to the policing family. In the turbulent times we live in it’s great to see people coming together and doing something positive for the community.”

There are currently a number of volunteer schemes that operate out of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and the Constabulary.  
Around 400 volunteers operate across schemes, such as; Drivesafe, Independent Custody Visiting, the Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel and the Independent Dog Welfare Scheme.

In addition there are over 200 Special Constables, 290 Cadets, 67 Cadet Leaders and 234 civilian volunteers; as well as people volunteering for organisations - such as Neighbourhood Watch, who work alongside police to help keep communities safe.

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “Having spoken with many officers and staff within the Constabulary it’s clear just how valued our volunteers are to the organisation. They give such a huge amount and make a real difference; it’s only right that we recognise and celebrate their hard work through events such as the Citizens in Policing Awards.

The work our volunteers do for the people of Hertfordshire often goes unseen but they give so much and I want to personally say thank you to all our volunteers and congratulations to those who have been nominated for awards.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can find out more about the opportunities available by visiting the Constabulary's dedicated page.

A new video showing the work of our volunteers is available to view here.