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Surrey Police raise profile of "vital" volunteers

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Surrey Police raise profile of "vital" volunteers

Published at 7:31pm 7th June 2017. (Updated at 7:42pm 7th June 2017)

Surrey Police are urging people to step forward as volunteers for the force. 

It comes as National Volunteers Week (June 1-7) draws to a close. 

There are a number of different types of the role across the police force, both in house and out and about. 

Volunteers & Specials manager Helen Hartley said: "They help us in various different roles across the organisation. We've got volunteers working in our community roles, our dog schools, criminal investigations.

"They bring so many different skills and experience to each of their roles. They're very unique, in that they volunteer flexibly with us.

"We have some that are office-based and others that get out in the field and talk to the public about Surrey Police.

"We just really want to thank and celebrate our volunteers this week and also potentially recruit some new volunteers to come and work with us."

"They are really well integrated part of our policing family - we rely on them to communicate really well with out communities."

The force are currently recruiting the following three roles across the county:

  • Community Engagement Volunteer
  • Rural Engagement Volunteer
  • Community Events Volunteer 

Volunteers are also important in ensuring the public feel reassured by police presence.

Graham Humphries is a Community Events Volunteer. He explains how vital their role is, particularly given uncertainty following recent terror attacks: "It's just part of the image of reassuring. The truth is we're very, very safe and we're very, very well cared for.

"Nothing is 100% guaranteed; life is a risk, accidents happens, siutations occur. But the reality is we're very lucky and we're very safe.

"And to be part of that image and that message - is a very rewarding experience for them, and for us."

The force also started piloting the National Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) Scheme during autumn 2016.

It's open to anyone aged 13-18 and living in Surrey and it is currently free of charge.

National objectives for the scheme include cadets that represent the diversity of their community, an aim to recruit 25% from a vulnerable background, and offering a diversion opportunity to those who are most in need of it.

The scheme is designed to provide a safe environment in which young people can learn as individuals, develop positive relationships with the police and actively support their community.

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