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Warwickshire Police celebrate the work of their volunteers

From 1-7 June, as part of Volunteers' Week 2017, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police will celebrate the work of their volunteers and the difference they make to the two police forces and the communities they serve.

To mark the week the police forces have invited their volunteers to attend a Volunteer Conference at the lecture theatre at Hindlip Hall from 10:00am-3:45pm on Saturday, 3 June 2017.

Volunteers attending the conference will hear speakers present on drone technology, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police's 'Looking to 2020 Vision', which protects people from harm, and receive a force safety training demonstration.

Guests will be welcomed by Sian Battle-Welch, Volunteer Programme Manager, and the conference will hear a keynote speech by John Campion, the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Deputy Lead on Citizens in Policing. There will be a closing address from Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans.

Martin Jelley, Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police, said: "Volunteers assist and enhance the day-to-day work undertaken by Warwickshire Police officers and staff, adding real value to our teams and constructive support for the people they encounter in the course of their duties. They carry out their work with a positive and friendly attitude and have a willingness to learn, bringing a variety of life experiences and skills to the teams they support. Volunteers' Week provides us with an opportunity to thank them for the commitment they make and the contributions that benefit our communities, officers and staff".

Philip Seccombe, Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire, said: "Volunteers make a considerable contribution to keeping Warwickshire safe and I am committed to supporting their efforts, whether that is pledging in my Police and Crime Plan to increase the numbers of Special Constables or by providing grant funding to key groups such as Neighbourhood Watch and the Street Pastors".

"I think it's really helpful for policing to have the benefit of people from different backgrounds who can offer new skills and add value to the work the force is doing across the county.  I have been left very impressed by the work being done all of the volunteers I have encountered over the last 12 months."

"Above all, I hope that the publicity around Volunteers' Week 2017 inspires more people to come forward, take a look at the opportunities to get involved that Warwickshire Police offers and make the choice to give something back to their community."

During Volunteers' Week 2017, Special Constables will also be carrying out activities as part of National Specials Weekend, the annual event which aims to raise the profile of those who volunteer with Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police Special Constabularies.

For more information about volunteering with West Mercia Police, visit www.warwickshire.police.uk/get-involved

Issued: Friday, 26 May 2017, 10:40am Dave Hollands, Corporate Communications

Published 26/05/17