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Two new volunteer roles at Cumbria Police
11:43am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
CUMBRIA Constabulary are continuing to look for volunteers to join their team.
The force restarted its volunteer scheme in April and since then numerous new volunteers have stepped forward into a variety of newly created roles.
One of the 21 volunteers, Michael Roberts, who currently volunteers at Kendal, said: “I retired from a communications role ten years ago. I used to be a Special Constable within Cumbria Constabulary, a role I found very fulfilling. Since I retired from that three years ago, I have been keen to continue to offer my support and time to my local police force.
“Cumbria has a very strong community ethic, especially in rural areas like where I live. I think it is important to contribute something actively to your local community rather than be a passive bystander expecting others to so everything for you!”
Jacqueline Sumner, who volunteers at Ulverston, added: “I volunteer because I was looking to do something else, in addition to the work I do with Save the Children. I have always wanted to do something in the police so this seemed like a good opportunity.
“I really enjoy volunteering. If I wasn’t doing this, I would just be at home. I believe anyone who is not fulfilled with what they are currently doing could find that through volunteering. It’s a great way of using your skills, developing yourself and making a contribution to your local community.
“The police officers, PCSO’s and staff at Ulverston are all lovely; they make me feel welcome, involved and valued.”
There are currently two new volunteer roles that people are able to apply for, a Support Group coordinator and a Safe Place coordinator.
The aim of the Support Group role is to provide an administrative and organisational service to a number of internal support groups / partner agencies, to help organise multi-agency events and support members.
In relation to the Safe Place coordinator, they will help to identify and set up “Safe Places” within the community for vulnerable members of society. The volunteer will also promote the scheme, along with the identified “Safe Place” premises and maintain the workability of the group.
Sergeant Paul Mellard said: “In Kendal we currently have three Police service volunteers. They are all valuable additions to the policing family and they are already helping to improve how we engage with members of the various watch schemes in the Neighbourhood Policing Team area. We are also in the early stages of forming Speed Watch groups and our volunteers are instrumental in this.”
Shirley Murray, the Volunteers Coordinator, said: “This is a great opportunity for members of the community to support their local police service to continue to deliver an excellent policing service.
“We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic, willing to work with police officers , police community support officers, our police staff and our partner agencies for the benefit of the community.
“These are fantastic opportunities for a number of people, someone who is looking to develop them self, has a skill set we can make use of or someone who wants to fill some spare time.”
Anyone who is interested in applying to become a police support volunteer can visit Cumbria Police website: www.cumbria.police.uk/join-us/community-volunteers-scheme/current-volunteer-vacancies.
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