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  1. Published on: 01/06/2021 03:40 PMReported by: rogerblaxall
    From special constables to cybercrime intelligence officers, our volunteers have been instrumental in helping to keep the people of Lancashire safe for more than a hundred years.


    Volunteers’ Week runs from June 1st to 7th every year and is a chance to recognise and say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities.


    Throughout the week Lancashire Volunteers Partnership will be hosting several virtual events including a digital garden party with special guest speakers and an online quiz, which will be attended remotely by all of our volunteers.


    Through its Citizen in Policing programme, Lancashire Police currently has more than 1,000 volunteers working across a range of positions either in the local community, in the stations or at headquarters.


    In the last year our volunteers have donated a total of in excess of 80,000 volunteering hours to serving the people of Lancashire.


    We have 166 special constables who support us across the county by volunteering their time around their day jobs including paramedics, retail workers, engineers, students, postal workers and teachers to name but a few.


    As well as specials we also have 365 volunteer cadets and a host of other volunteers across the force including cybercrime officers, restorative justice facilitators and force chaplains. There are also volunteering roles in rural mounted, domestic abuse, Community Road Watch and Early Action.


    Our volunteers come from all walks of life and provide a wealth of valuable skills, knowledge, expertise and most importantly their time.


    Chief Constable Chris Rowley of Lancashire Constabulary said: “Volunteers are a vital and integral part of our organisation and it goes without saying that volunteers have played a key role in the pandemic response. During an exceptionally difficult year, people from across the county have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to our communities – just as they do every year.


    “Not only do we have the special constables and cadets, but our volunteers provide their specialist skills in areas such as the elderly and vulnerable. We are lucky to have so many committed volunteers in Lancashire, who give up their time to give back to the community and support the police and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their invaluable contribution.”
    For information on volunteering in your area visit Lancashire Volunteering Partnership at https://lancsvp.org.uk/.

    Case study 1: By day he delivers post to his neighbours and by night he’s serving the people of Lancashire as special constable Gareth Munroe.
    Postie Gaz, 29, has been a special constable in East for the past two years and says he now can’t imagine life without his uniform.
    He is one of 166 specials who volunteer their time every week to support the neighbourhood teams in our communities.
    Gaz said he has regularly used his police skills during his postal round and is never really fully off-duty.
    He added: “I was delivering on a street recently and there was a domestic assault happening a few doors up from where I was. I called it in straight away and gave a full witness statement, had I not been in the police maybe I wouldn’t have known to act in that way. I’d maybe have been more inclined to just mind my own business and carry on with my deliveries. I’ve also intercepted drugs in packages going through the postal network and have alerted my managers at Royal Mail, again it’s something I perhaps wouldn’t necessarily have spotted if I wasn’t also a special in my spare time.
    “I’ve always wanted to work in the police and I love working as a special. I’ve been involved in drugs raids and football matches and in the last year I have been heavily involved in the Covid response, which has been a really interesting experience. I just like helping people. I love going home knowing I’ve done something good that day and I actually get that feeling whichever uniform I’m wearing.”

    Case study 2: Special sergeant Katie Mullins is a champion for blue light services, when she isn’t wearing her Lancashire Constabulary uniform she is dressed in her paramedic greens.
    Katie, 23, is a student paramedic for UCLan and works as an Urgent Care Assistant for North West Ambulance Service.
    During her paramedic training, over the last three years she has dedicated her spare time to serving the people of Lancashire, recently working her way up to special sergeant.
    She is one of 166 specials who volunteer their time every week to support the neighbourhood teams in our communities.
    Katie, who is based in South said: “I don’t really do free time. I like to make the most of my life with doing something interesting and useful. I think working in both emergency services has really helped me to have a greater understanding and appreciation of both the organisations’ needs.
    “I have definitely used my medical training in my role as a special sergeant on a regular basis. I recently was first on the scene before the ambulance arrived at a rural incident and another incident where a woman had fallen from a height. Both times I could use the precious first few minutes to get the patient comfortable and carry out basic first aid which saved time for when the paramedics arrived.
    “Likewise, when I am working for the ambulance service my awareness of risk is heightened due to my now natural police instincts and can help me to protect my colleagues.”
     

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