Police and Crime Commissioner praises volunteers for helping to keep their communities safe
Wiltshire and Swindon's Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Wilkinson has paid tribute to the many volunteers who support the work of his office and Wiltshire Police at the start of Volunteers' Week.
Over a thousand people give up their free time to support the criminal justice system in Wiltshire whether it's through being a Special Constable, being part of the Community Speed Watch or Horse Watch schemes, working within restorative justice or being part of the many volunteering opportunities on offer.
Philip Wilkinson said:
"Volunteering week is an excellent initiative which gives us the chance to put our volunteers in the spotlight and highlight the work they do.
"Volunteers give up their own time to make a real difference to their communities and help make Wiltshire a safer place to live and work. I’m constantly struck their outstanding efforts which are unpaid and often, unseen.
"I’d like them to know that without their work, our communities would be worse off and less protected.
"I'd like to put on record my gratitude and heartfelt thanks for their efforts.
"In a week where we mark The Queen's dedication to public service, I hope that more people, if they can, think about making their own contribution to making a difference to where they live. You can look on my website for the opportunities we have available to you"
Volunteering Week runs from 1 to 7 June and is an annual celebration of those who volunteer.
You can find out about the opportunities available in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and with Wiltshire Police by visiting www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk/the-pcc-and-you/get-involved