Published 2nd June 2021

Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer has commended the work of police volunteers in keeping Cheshire safe.

During national Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) the Commissioner is highlighting the increased dedication police volunteers have given to the role over the last 12 months as we’ve battled the Covid-19 pandemic.

A number of volunteers have worked additional hours to support Cheshire Constabulary and the Commissioner’s office, with Special Constables alone working a total of 75,936 hours since the start of the pandemic.

Other volunteers have undertaken new training or operated under revised guidelines to carry out their roles within Covid-secure guidelines.

PCC John Dwyer visits Middlewich Custody Suite with ICVs Rachel Dyer and Kat Kinsman.JPG

During Volunteers’ Week, the Commissioner met with Independent Custody Visitor volunteers at Middlewich Custody Suite to thank them for their commitment.

Over the last 12 months they have continued to ensure detainees in custody are supported and carried on providing remote visits and update reports for the Commissioner despite the lockdown restrictions. Since April 2020, 183 visits have taken place to check on the welfare of detainees at such a critical time.

Later this week, the Commissioner will attend a training session with dog welfare volunteers – a scheme that has grown in the last 12 months with seven new volunteers coming on board.

PCC John Dwyer said: “The last year has been one of the most challenging but our volunteers have stepped up to show how much they care and how passionate they are about making a difference.

“We are very lucky to have such a dedicated team of volunteers and I look forward to seeing them build on the great work now restrictions are easing.”

Cheshire Constabulary and the Commissioner’s office facilitate a number of volunteer schemes, with each volunteer proving an invaluable contribution.

This includes those who provide guidance in audit and scrutiny roles to support the Commissioner to hold the Chief Constable to account, those who support community engagement such as the band and museum volunteers, and those who support operationally including cyber volunteers and Special Constables.

There’s also volunteers who take an active interest in their community’s safety with the Community Speedwatch groups and Neighbourhood Watch coordinators. And last but by no means least, there are young volunteers from the Police Cadets schemes across the county and the Commissioner’s Youth Commission.

The Commissioner and Constabulary will soon launch a Police Support Volunteers’ Charter to further support volunteers in their roles and equip them with the necessary training and skills to ensure their work makes a difference.

Assistant Chief Constable, Jenny Sims, said: “On behalf of Cheshire Constabulary I would like to wholeheartedly thank each and every volunteer for the time and commitment they give to help make Cheshire even safer.

“The last 12 months has certainly created some challenges, but our incredible volunteers have continued despite these challenges to make a real difference in our communities.”

The Commissioner is also hoping to soon appoint a volunteer Victims Ambassador to ensure the needs of victims of crime across Cheshire are being met by Cheshire Constabulary and other services in the community. He’ll be advertising for this role shortly.

He is also currently recruiting for Consultation Volunteers to join his team. They will support the Commissioner to maintain and improve public trust and confidence in policing by engaging with the public throughout Cheshire. If you are interested in applying for this exciting role, please visit: Work with us (cheshire-pcc.gov.uk)