Who are the police support volunteers?

Barry, 64, is a freelance audio visual technician and has volunteered with Leicestershire Police for just over a year. He said: “One of the best parts of volunteering for the force is the variety of people that I meet in the course of duties.” Alongside his job and volunteering, Barry still makes time to study for a degree in international development, and relaxes by going away in his motorhome.

Lorna, 59, has been a police support volunteer for the last eight years. When she isn’t carrying out speeding initiatives in the high risk areas of Leicester, she is a motorsport marshal and travels around to different events. She said: “I’ve always been a people person, and volunteering allows me to work with a diverse range of people, and as the video says, anyone can do it.”

Shameera, 36, works for British Gas as a Customer Service Assistant and has volunteered her time to us for the last two years. She can confidently speak five languages and has helped the force improve and maintain its links with the Asian community. She specifically enjoys being involved with community projects and said: “I really like the engagement side of volunteering, both with the community and with the police. It’s nice to be able to make a difference.”

Mick, 65, has been volunteering for the force for 5 years and recently created the MAX PAX van; a vehicle providing hot drinks and soup to officers on duty. Mick often takes the van out to big sporting events or festivals, where he knows that officers will be outside on patrol. Mick said: “When officers are on duty at a cold, wet football match, a warm cup of coffee can make all the difference and gives them the boost they need.”

Edmund and Edwin are 21 year old twins who are both in their second year of studying Forensic Computing at De Montfort University Alongside their studies they volunteer in the Investigation Management Unit and work on digital media recovery, such as CCTV, to assist in ongoing investigations. Edmund said: “I find the work we do very interesting. It gives me a real insight into the world of policing and a lot of the training exercises I’ve completed have already helped me with various elements of my degree.” Edwin agreed and said: “It’s great to be able to apply the knowledge I’ve acquired to a working situation, while also making a positive difference to victims of crime.”

Kirsti, 26, has volunteered with the force for almost two and a half years and is currently undergoing training to become a PCSO. Previously she worked full-time as a support worker and said: “I enjoyed working with the community at local fun days and events, it was invaluable experience for a future career in the police.”

If you have some spare time to donate, why not come and try it? You might discover a hidden talent, we can provide lots of opportunities to help you learn new skills and make a positive difference in your area.

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