Dorset Police thanks volunteers for over 30,000 hours of support

Dorset Police thanks volunteers for over 30,000 hours of support

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 6th June 2020. (Updated at 12:07pm 6th June 2020)

The force sends a big thank you to the Special Constables who've helped out during the pandemic.

Volunteers week is coming to an end and last weekend was also National Specials Weekend.

Since April last year, 136 police support volunteers gave up over 9,000 hours of their time.

126 Special Constables also gave up over 24,000 hours helping to tackle crime in their areas. They support regular officers by going out on patrol and engaging with communities.

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Assistant Chief Constable Julie Fielding said:

"It is a great privilege to recognise and thank all volunteers for their endless energy and unwavering commitment that they give without any thought of personal recognition. 

"I know you will all join me in expressing our gratitude to our volunteers and special constables for their incredible efforts, which help us engage and represent the community that we serve.  As a mark of our thanks we would like to encourage you all to 'cheer for our volunteers' on Thursday 4 June in recognition of their continuous support and contributions to the Dorset Police family."

Many police support volunteers are involved in engaging Dorset's diverse communities, including running the police cadet groups across the county.

They're looking for more people to sign up to these roles. You can find out what's needed for each one and how to apply here: