APCC Citizens in Policing Lead, Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales said:
“On behalf of Police and Crime Commissioners I want to mark National Volunteers Week and National Specials Weekend by thanking everyone that volunteers in policing for all the help they have given us over the past year. Our volunteers are important and valued members of the policing family and together we work to be our best at understanding and responding to the needs of our diverse communities. We aim to be excellent at delivering people centred services and to keep our families, friends and local communities safe.
We aim to do that by the commitment of our officers and staff, our Special Constables and Police Support Volunteers, our youth volunteers and our student volunteers, as well as Independent Animal Welfare and Independent Custody Visitors, all of whom help us towards achieving that aim.
All our volunteers are people from the communities we serve. They are the people that get involved in issues that directly affect them and the communities in which they live. We appreciate the wide range of skills, experience and local knowledge that they bring to our service
We know that it costs our volunteers to spend their time supporting the policing team and we hope very much it’s a rewarding experience for them, as well as their contribution being something we value so highly.
So, thank you to every single person that volunteers their time with the police service and please thank your families for their support, we know how valuable your time is and without them you wouldn’t be able to be a part of the policing team.”