With it being National Volunteers Week, Lincolnshire Police have taken the opportunity to show their appreciation for their dedicated team of volunteers.
In North and South Kesteven there are a total of 176 volunteers with Lincolnshire Police, comprising 63 specials, 47 police support volunteers (PSVs), seven volunteer police community support officers (VPCSOs) and 59 cadets.
PSVs undertake a wide range of roles, for example Sylvia is a bi-lingual volunteer based in Grantham and may be able to assist with initial translation issues. There are also two car cleaners, several front counter volunteers keeping smaller stations open to local people, seven cadet leaders with the Bourne and Graham Corps, and community safety volunteers.
By far the biggest group is the 23 restorative justice facilitators. They are all fully trained and many are waiting for the referrals to come through to put their training into practice.
Meanwhile there are 7 VPCSOs across the district. Some have been on patrol for almost a year while others have just started. Between them the district’s VPCSOs have volunteered over 1100 hours of their time in support of local policing teams. They are really eager to help out and get involved in as much as possible.
All of the VPCSOs are still being mentored and, now that the role is becoming more established and some of the teething problems sorted, there is a growing number of PCSOs willing to mentor and take out the VPCSOs.
* Meet PSVs Helen and Steve
Helen and Steve are both PSVs and have been involved with the police for many years through Neighbourhood Watch at local co-ordinator and county level. They have also recently taken on the Front Counter role at Colsterworth.
“Helen and Steve have been volunteering for quite some time and have made great links with local communities,” says Sgt Dan Gilmore. “They have designed and championed the Junior Eyes project and worked with the local PCSOs to deliver this to all the schools in the area. They also staff the local police office in Colsterworth allowing us to extend our opening hours to the public.” Helen has also completed the restorative training and was one of the first to put herself forward for the role.”
Helen says: “It’s good that people have always got that point of contact. The local community now knows the office is open. We advertise a lot and the community are starting to realise that we can help, and it isn’t just the PCSOs they have to go to.”
Steve adds: “Being a volunteer has been a real eye opener to see how other areas of Lincolnshire Police work and how great they can be.”
* Meet VPCSO Cat
Staff at Grantham will no doubt recognise Cat as a VPCSO as she has been very active over the last year or so, as her sergeant confirms. “Cat has shown a real commitment to volunteering and has been a regular face in Grantham on high visibility patrols. As such she has assisted with attending anti-social behaviour incidents, partnership meetings and scene guards.
Cat has also helped with completing reassurance visits to victims of crime and anti-social behaviour, and has updated them on the progress of their crimes or incidents.”
Cat says: “I became a volunteer to get experience of the role as I am interested in a career in the police. It’s been good to be paired up with one mentor as you get to know them and see how they do things. Everyone has been really friendly.”
For more information about the variety of volunteer roles available with the police click here