Special constables, police support volunteers and police cadets pledged almost 35,000 hours of their time to help communities in Warwickshire last year (2020/21 financial year).
To mark National Volunteers Week – which runs from 1-7 June – Warwickshire Police is thanking all its volunteers who have made such an incredible contribution through an unprecedented time.
102 specials volunteered 29,521 hours. That’s the equivalent of 18 full-time regular officers.
56 police support volunteers volunteered 3,825 hours.
140 police cadets volunteered 1,575 hours.
Assistant chief constable Alex Franklin-Smith said: “Millions of volunteers up and down the country have made an invaluable contribution at such a critical time and National Volunteers’ Week is a chance to recognise their amazing efforts.
“Volunteers have always played a vital and valued role for Warwickshire Police, but the past year in particular they really have gone above and beyond.
“Our volunteer special constables - who have the same powers and responsibilities as regular police officers – have continued to patrol in public and respond to incidents throughout the pandemic.”
National Volunteers’ Week is also an opportunity to encourage others to volunteer with the force.
ACC Franklin-Smith added: “Volunteering offers the opportunity to gain confidence, learn new skills and support your local community. We’re always looking to hear from people who want to make a difference.”
Click here for more information on volunteering with Warwickshire Police.