Dedicated police volunteers have been praised by the region’s top police officer for giving up their own time to keep their communities safe.
Northumbria Police’s Chief Constable Winton Keenen has thanked the dozens of Special Constables who are currently volunteering during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
The majority of those working with the police already have full-time jobs or are in higher education.
But that hasn’t stopped them giving up their own time to support front-line policing to keep vulnerable members of their community safe.
Despite the restrictions put in place as a result of Coronavirus, these volunteers have continued to carry out their roles.
And now Chief Constable Keenen has praised their dedication at a time when the Force, and the region, needs them more than ever.
“I am always blown away by the dedication of our Special Constables and the passion they show for policing in our region and the communities they serve,” said Chief Constable Keenen.
“At a time when many of these volunteers have ‘day-jobs’ which they can carry out at home, they are then making the choice to proudly pull on their Northumbria Police uniform to help keep others safe and protect the vulnerable.
“I know their full-time colleagues, who equally continue to show unwavering commitment in these extremely challenging times, are extremely grateful for the support they provide.
“Specials play a vital role in offering a reassuring presence to residents and businesses across our region and I will be forever thankful for their contributions.”
Chief Constable Keenen added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank those businesses who support their colleagues in volunteering with us – because you are ultimately, by extension, helping us provide the best service possible to local communities.
“As I have said many a time before, here in the North East we are renowned for our community spirit and sense of belonging – and from what I have seen and heard over the past few weeks that is shining through now more than ever.
“Please continue to work with us and our emergency service friends, including those in the health service. We can all do our bit to help them by following the ‘stay home, to save lives’ message – and we will get through this together.”
Details about how to join Northumbria Police’s Special Constabulary can be found by searching ‘Northumbria Police careers’ online.
Anyone who needs to speak to the police about an incident is asked to consider reporting it online by searching ‘Northumbria Police – Report an Incident’.
Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Anyone with questions about the Governments stay-at-home restrictions should visit the .gov.uk website.