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Warwickshire Police recognises volunteers at afternoon tea and awards event

To mark National Volunteers' Week which runs from 1 to 7 June, Warwickshire Police hosted a special event to celebrate and recognise some of its fantastic Police Support Volunteers (PSVs).

An afternoon tea and awards ceremony was held at Warwickshire Police's Leek Wootton site yesterday afternoon (Thursday, 6 June) which was attended by a number of volunteers, police staff and officers.

The volunteers came from a host of disciplines, from Mounted Police Support Volunteers to those who coordinate the Kenilworth Community Speedwatch initiative that recently celebrated ten years of continued operation.

The afternoon saw Chief Superintendent Ben Smith present volunteers with certificates recognising their hard work and valuable contributions to policing, with volunteers being commended for giving up anywhere between 250 to 10,000 hours to Warwickshire Police. In the last year alone (from April 2018 to March 2019), volunteers have exceeded 56,000 volunteering hours!

The volunteers also received a letter of thanks from Chief Constable Martin Jelley, recognising their valuable contribution towards keeping the streets and local communities of Warwickshire safe from harm.

Following the awards, volunteers were invited to have afternoon tea and cake, and an opportunity to catch up with their fellow volunteers and colleagues.

Citizens in Policing Lead, Chief Superintendent Ben Smith said: "This event was a wonderful opportunity to pay thanks to some of our most dedicated volunteers.

"Our volunteers are not only an essential resource but an asset to the force, spending much of their free time volunteering which in turn, enables our officers to spend more time focusing on tackling crime.

"The astonishing amount of time they have dedicated to helping Warwickshire Police protect its local communities is such an achievement for which we are all incredibly grateful."

Posted at: 3.35pm, Friday, 7 June, LK, Corporate Communications

Published 07/06/19