Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa today paid tribute to the dedication and commitment of the county’s army of policing volunteers as the nation celebrates the contribution made by unpaid volunteers.
The Commissioner said Derbyshire Police’s passionate and hardworking volunteers make a real difference to their communities and help to maximise police performance by devoting their time freely to maintain the highest quality standards.
He was speaking as the country marks National Volunteer Week – an annual campaign running from June 1 to 7 which recognises the work of the UK’s millions of volunteers.
Hundreds of Derbyshire residents dedicate their time to help Derbyshire Police reduce crime and improve service standards from Special Constables and Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) through to Policing Support Volunteers (PSVs), Street Pastors and Police Cadets.
Commenting on National Volunteers Week, Mr Dhindsa said: “Whatever capacity in which they serve, volunteers make a huge difference to their local communities, donating thousands of hours every year to help reduce harm from Derbyshire’s streets.
“During these economically challenging times, volunteers offer practical support to our policing teams and are highly valued team members within the policing family. They also help us to increase public confidence in policing services by providing independent oversight of police processes, including the way in which custody facilities and detainees are managed.
“Policing would suffer without their commitment and selflessness and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them during National Volunteering Week for the ongoing contribution they make to public safety.”
The Commissioner recently welcomed a further nine ICVs to his Independent Custody Visiting Scheme following a successful recruitment campaign in April, bringing the total number to 23 across Derbyshire.
ICVs pay regular visits to the Force’s custody suites to monitor the standard of facilities and the wellbeing of detainees and report their findings to the PCC for improvement.
The new ICVs will undergo training on July 4 ready to begin work in July/ August.
The PCC recently funded new electronic report writing software which enables all ICVs to input their findings and key monitoring information directly onto a Force machine at Chesterfield, Buxton and Derby.
The technology replaces the current paper-based system and improves efficiency. It will also enable the Commissioner to analyse the information at the touch of a button and compare previous visiting records for scrutiny purposes.
Later this month, the Commissioner will meet the many volunteers working for Derbyshire Constabulary at its Volunteer and Family Open Day at HQ on June 18.
The event will see volunteers including ICVs from across the Force meeting at HQ with their families for a host of operational policing displays including taser demos and police dog demonstrations.
Among those speaking at the event will be Derbyshire’s new Chief Constable Peter Goodman and Mr Dhindsa.
Notes to editors:
Volunteers’ Week is run by voluntary sector champions NCVO in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.
It aims to showcase the various volunteering roles available and provide taster sessions as well as boost recruitment levels.
For more information visit: http://volunteersweek.org/
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Posted on Monday 5th June 2017