CUMBRIA Constabulary is marking National Volunteer Week by showcasing their volunteers.

Frontline special constables and support volunteers play a key role in policing the community, dealing with minor incidents, assisting in schemes and administration and providing a visible point of contact for many residents.

Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said: “We never underestimate the hard work and dedication given by our volunteers who support Cumbria Constabulary and are a valued part of our policing family.

“All the hours that they give are from their own time with a large number of volunteers having full time jobs.

“For many they do this for the benefit of their local community, wanting to make a difference and improve their local area for everyone.”

Special Constabulary Chief Officer Paul Cretney said: “The Special Constabulary is more than just a volunteering opportunity.

“Officers can be promoted to special sergeants and more senior ranks taking responsibility for managing teams, planning projects and organising operations.”

Nigel Sutcliffe, Support Volunteer for Cumbria Horse Watch, said: “For nearly two years I have been involved with horse riding and as a volunteer with British Eventing covering events in the north of Cumbria.

“There is huge satisfaction in knowing you are actively working at reducing crime in an area of personal interest.

“Working with the police has also given me an insight into the many different challenges they face on a daily basis and I hope my role as a volunteer enhances the work they do.”

Carol Rushton, Support Volunteer for Speed Watch, said: “I was made redundant two years ago and decided to volunteer to work for Cumbria Police in order to contribute to the local community and to meet new people.

“I enjoy my work and have recently been training up new volunteers as my current role has been expanded.

“I am always made to feel welcome and my work valued, and I know that I’m making a positive contribution to my local community.”

National Volunteer Week starts on June 1.

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