Cleveland Police Praises Volunteers

Cleveland Police is praising the work of its volunteers during National Volunteers Week (1-7 June).

The Force currently has almost seventy volunteers, performing a variety of roles from assisting with admin tasks to vehicle checking to supporting local crime prevention initiatives.

The role of a volunteer is designed to enhance the work of the police and provide additional support. All volunteers assist police and staff who are then able to concentrate on other policing duties, relieving pressures on the modern police service and allowing support from the local community.  

People can also volunteer to help support the cadet programme, which runs across the four districts within Cleveland.

The police cadets take part in various events and activities, for example, cadets in Stockton are currently working on a sensory garden for children with autism at Daisy Chain.

Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin said: “The Force appreciates the amazing support that each one of our volunteers provides. The role enables our communities to support us wherever possible and allows officers and staff to concentrate on core policing duties.

“Volunteering can be very rewarding. I think it’s important that we continually thank our volunteers and praise them for their hard work all year round. I have heard some great feedback from our volunteers and I hope that we can continue to provide them with skills and experience that they will find useful and worthwhile.”

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, said: “The support given to the Force by dedicated volunteers is testament to them and their amazing commitment to helping local policing and I would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard work.”

Glenn Atkins, who volunteers as a vehicle checker for the Force and received a Volunteer of the Year award last year, said: “I enjoy working with the police as a volunteer and have been fully supported throughout; learning new skills all the time.

“Last year I was awarded a Volunteer of the Year award and attended an event where I received recognition from the Chief Constable for the hard work I have done. I know that my contribution, skills and experience are helping the Force to be more efficient and working as part of a team and helping others has opened more doors for me and my career.”

Anyone who may be interested in volunteering at Cleveland Police can visit https://www.cleveland.police.uk/careers/Volunteers.aspx for further information.