Policing's 27,000 volunteers are thanked for keeping our communities safe.
Policing's 27,000 volunteers were recognised last week as organisations across the UK celebrated the work of those who volunteer for them.
We sent out a message to thank the 18,000 special constables and 9,000 police support volunteers as part of Volunteers' Week, which ran on 1-7 June.
The annual event celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.
Throughout the UK various organisations, including police forces, have been highlighting and promoting the fantastic efforts of their volunteers and encouraging others to volunteer.
There are more than 100 support roles carried out by police support volunteers, including administration, public reassurance, front counter support and safer neighbourhoods.
The College of Policing is responsible for ensuring that police volunteers are used to add value to, rather than replace, the work carried out by paid staff and officers. We are also responsible for ensuring that volunteers are valued and recognised as an important part of the extended police family, and that they improve the service the police provide to the public.
For special constables, we provide training and set the national recruitment standards. As the professional body, we work to develop and update national policy for the Special Constabulary.
National lead for citizens in policing, Deputy Chief Constable Michael Banks, said: "The role of volunteers in policing has been a success story, and they are an essential part of any police force.
"Volunteers' Week is an excellent time to remember the valuable contribution that is made, and I would like to thank the volunteers who give up their time to support their police service in reducing crime and keeping our communities safe."
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