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PCC Encourages Local People to Give Something Back to Policing

PCC David Keane

To mark this year’s Emergency Services Day, Cheshire police and crime commissioner David Keane is calling on local residents to make a real contribution to keeping their communities safe.

The commissioner is advertising a range of volunteer roles with his office that give people who live and work in Cheshire the opportunity to assess the effectiveness of Cheshire Constabulary, whilst gaining a real insight into how important policing operations work.

The roles on offer provide an insight into a variety of key policing areas; from making random visits to custody suites to check on the welfare of detainees as an Independent Custody Visitor, listening to 999 calls as a Call Management Auditor, visiting police station front desks to carry out audits as a Front Desk Visitor to ensuring police dogs are treated in the correct way as a Police Dog Welfare Visitor.

There’s also roles on offer as an Independent Observer of Protest and Demonstrations, giving local people the opportunity to attend major protests or demonstrations to observe police activity, and as Consultation Volunteers supporting the Commissioner to gather public priorities and opinion.

PCC David Keane is also encouraging local people to sign up for Constabulary volunteer schemes with the force currently advertising for Special Constables to support Police Officers and Police Staff to cut crime and make Cheshire safer.

The recruitment drive comes as the nation celebrates Emergency Services Day. The day provides people with the opportunity to show their support for all the selfless men and women that work and volunteer in all emergency service professions.

Emergency Services Day begins at 9am on 9th September (9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month) with two minutes’ silence to remember the more than 7,500 members of the emergency services who have been killed as a result of their duties.

PCC David Keane said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the increasing sacrifices our emergency services professionals make every day to keep us safe. Now it’s your opportunity to support them in their roles.

“I am incredibly proud of the work police volunteers carry out to ensure other residents in Cheshire receive an efficient and effective police service. They selflessly give up their time and expertise to support my role to scrutinise the constabulary.

“These roles also provide a unique opportunity for local people who are interested in policing to gain a real insight into how a police service operates and gain a variety of invaluable skills to boost their CVs.

“Volunteers play an extremely important role, informing me whether the force is upholding the high standards we expect from them. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t be able to do my job without them.”

Volunteers get their travel expenses paid, as well as any other expenses incurred during their working hours that are previously agreed.

Full details of all the volunteer roles advertised currently are available on the following links:

OPCC volunteer roles

Cheshire Constabulary volunteer roles