Volunteers – we salute you!
An incredible team of selfless volunteers support Northumbria Police and this week, National Volunteers’ Week, we’re celebrating their many achievements and contributions.
From Mini Police to the Force Chaplaincy team and Special Constables to Police Cadets and more, Northumbria Police wouldn’t be the Force it is today without our legion of dedicated volunteers.
Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt is Northumbria Police’s Lead for Volunteers, and she says she never fails to be blown away by the contribution they make to the Force and their communities.
She said: "The commitment of our police volunteers never fails to amaze me. I am extremely grateful to everyone who dedicates their time and skills so that together we can make a difference and protect the people across our region.”
She added: “A lot of people dream of joining the police when they’re younger but many find as they get older life ends up pulling them in a different direction, joining the police as a volunteer allows people to still serve their communities.
“Our volunteers come from all walks of life – from people who already have a profession to those who are retired. However, they know, as do we, that they still have a lot more to give.
“There is also a vast age range – from 10 to 80-plus – but one thing they all have in common is the dedication they bring to their roles.
“Volunteers’ Week is a great way to highlight the fantastic work and dedication of our volunteers, our chance to say thank you – but in reality we’re thanking them every single day for helping make the North East such a fantastic place to live, work and visit.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, has also paid tribute to the contribution of volunteers.
She said: "The challenges our region face today have also revealed the immense strength of our volunteers. Although the pandemic has stopped so many of us from doing the things we would usually do, people throughout the region are volunteering more than ever.
“I want to offer so many thanks to the people who help support the work of my office and of course, our police force. From hate crime champions and rural crime volunteers to custody visitors and our incredible Special Constables. These roles and many others are filled by people who kindly give up their free time making a difference to the people and communities we serve. They're all brilliant, every one of them."
To find out how to volunteer with the police search ‘Northumbria Police Volunteers’ online today.
And to celebrate Volunteers’ Week even further, we’ll be sharing more stories and introducing you to some of our amazing volunteers this week.