Volunteers help police in Peterborough

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Volunteers have been helping police detect crime across Peterborough.

Police Support Volunteers (PSV) have been utilising an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) and CCTV van to assist police operations.

he work the volunteers do is invaluable. They give up their free time to assist with preventing and detecting crime.

PC Matthew Selves

On March 25 the volunteers, together with Special Constables and Officers from Sector Neighbourhood Teams will be conducting an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) operation in the Peterborough area.

Operation Peninsula will use the ANPR technology to tackle issues such as vehicles with no insurance or no tax.

PC Matthew Selves said: “The work the volunteers do is invaluable. They give up their free time to assist with preventing and detecting crime. If they are not actively searching out offences they are providing a reassuring presence to the communities of Cambridgeshire.

“So far they have mainly been used for neighbourhood issues. They could also be used at other events such as football matches or local festivals.”

Sir Graham Bright, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Police Support Volunteers play a crucial role in the modern police force. The volunteers carry out a wide variety of roles and have a range of specialist skills that increases public trust and confidence in the service. They get a unique insight into the current challenges of delivering local policing and provide an independent voice on behalf of the communities we serve. Volunteering is an exceptionally rewarding activity giving people additional skills and one which I highly commend.”