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Introducing one of our Police Support Volunteers as part of National Volunteers Week

As we continue to celebrate our volunteers this week as part of National Volunteers' Week which runs from 1 to 7 June, one of our Police Service Volunteers (PSVs) tells us what it is like to volunteer with Warwickshire Police....

"My name is Fraser Pithie and I have been volunteering with Warwickshire Police for close to a year now.

"I wanted to help and support the police and realised that by joining as a Police Service Volunteer (PSV), I could make a valuable contribution towards helping my local Safer Neighbourhood Team specifically and Warwickshire Police generally by assisting with communications through their community messaging service (CMS).

"It is incredibly satisfying being able to support the team by ensuring that the community they police are kept up-to-date on issues related to crime.

"I have found that since becoming a PSV, if you have the knowledge and experience you can help in other ways and this in turn, supports Beat Managers, Police Community Support Officers and Police Constables alike.

"My knowledge of operational railways meant I was able to help with some recent offences around railway trespassing. I accompanied one of our PCSOs to help establish where people were gaining access to the tracks and was able to use my knowledge to pull together a short report to file with British Transport Police and Network Rail for fencing to be erected. This has established a good working link between Warwickshire Police and British Transport Police.

"I have since set up a liaison role with British Transport Police which is mutually beneficial to both police services and has helped to effectively deal with any issues that have arisen at certain local stations.

"As a result of my volunteering my local community in and around Kenilworth, Lapworth and Rowington receive regular and timely communications which ensures they are kept informed and are actively engaged.

"Two recent jobs have shown the benefit of volunteering as the timely communications helped lead to the arrest of offenders thanks to the vigilance of members of the public, who called us after following some advice we sent out to them via the Community Messaging Service. After they called, officers were immediately deployed and were on the scene within minutes to make those arrests.

"One of the more rewarding elements of doing timely communications is the ability to share arrest activity and by doing so, demonstrate that the police is community-focused and proactive in pursuing criminals.

"I believe my volunteer role has made a huge difference as I have undertaken hours of work that PCSOs would otherwise have had to spend behind a computer sending out CMS messages which in turn ensures the local community is kept informed and is actively engaged.

"Consequently, the public feel that we know how important policing is to them, we understand the need to respond to their concerns and keep them informed, and by doing so, we are demonstrating that we care."

To find out more about the Warwickshire Police Community Messaging Service click here

Posted at: 3.45pm, Thursday, 6 June, LK, Corporate Communications

Published 06/06/19