The first ever Police Support Volunteers awards ceremony recognised the dedication and hard work of 66 volunteers that currently give up their own time to contribute to Cambridgeshire police and their community.
The awards were presented by Chief Superintendent Dan Vajzovic, Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Ixer and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Brian Ashton, who congratulated the volunteers and thanked them for their committment to making their communities safer.
Awards were presented for completion of training and confirmation into a role as a Victim’s Hub Community Volunteerm and for completion of one year and three years’ service in providing a valued contribution to the community as a Police Support Volunteer (PSV).
A selection of PSV’s were also nominated for commendations.
Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Ixer said: “It was an honour to present our Police Support Volunteers with their awards.
“PSVs represent a significant opportunity to increase the capacity and capability of the force and to increase the trust and confidence of the public in its police and I thank each and every one of them for their hard work, dedication and contributions.
“The force is looking for volunteers with the skills, energy and time to contribute to the constabulary and the community.
“There are many areas of policing that have the capacity to engage a volunteer to provide support and we will continue to match these requirements with the skills that our volunteers have to offer.”
Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s volunteers support all areas of policing and contribute in a variety of ways.
There is a team of volunteers that visit victims of crime to deliver much needed support which can make a difference to the outcome for victims.
Other volunteers are supporting crime departments to locate stolen property, assist in bringing offenders to justice and reunite victims with their property.
The PSV CCTV and Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) team is a unit created and run by volunteers who now support targeted operations across the force.
In many local policing commands, volunteers assist in keeping the force’s fleet of vehicles in a clean and presentable condition.
Volunteers also support local businesses to reduce crime, local policing teams with administration and local residents with Speedwatch, a scheme that allows the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhood.
The Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme is also growing with schemes now running in Peterborough, Soham and Wisbech.
Anybody who is interested in volunteering for the force should visit www.cambs.police.uk/recruitment/volunteers/ or email Recruitment.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For completion of training and confirmation into role of Victim’s Hub Community Volunteer: Jenna Bolger, Samuel Sharpe, Glenda Wells, Maria Lesniewska, Zarmina Mahmood, Richard Taylor, Kerry Grice, Marielyn Hollowell, Toni Cray, Brett Collard, Shazia Aftab, Lisa Eddings, Natalie Luckett and Mark Blomfield.
For completion of one year service in providing a valued contribution to the community as a Police Support Volunteer: Jenna Bolger, Aurelija Gustaite, Ligita Alisauskaite, Rita Morkyte, Sigita Marcinkevicute, Tina Gambell, Maria Ruba, Kerry Grice, Romana Khanom, MariaLesniewska, Brian Robins and Bob Currel.
For completion of three years’ service in providing a valued contribution to the community as a Police Support Volunteer: Karoly Von Glos and Bob Mason.
The PSV’s who were nominated for a Commendation are:
Kerry Neligan for her exceptional contribution to establishing partnerships with local businesses to reduce crime within Peterborough.
Bob Currell for his determination and leadership in the development of the Police Support Volunteers CCTV and ANPR Team.
Richard Taylor for his commitment to the constabulary and dedication to his team.
Paul Maclelland for his flexibility and commitment to the constabulary.