Today, Tuesday 1st June, marks the beginning of National Volunteers Week. The Force’s volunteers and Special Constables are gearing up for a week of action to mark the occasion.
Cleveland Police currently has 52 Special Constables and 15 volunteers working within neighbourhoods, response, road policing, the dog unit, rural crime, the complex exploitation team and more.
This week the Special Constabulary, or Specials as they are commonly known, will participate in Operation Endeavour (to tackle serious and organised crime), an operation to tackle issues with off road bikes, as well as conducting drugs warrants. The Force will provide daily updates regarding the results.
Assistant Chief Constable Lisa Theaker said: “It is important that we use this week to highlight the hard work and dedication from our volunteers and Special Constables.
“Each individual sacrifices their own time to make a positive contribution to Cleveland Police and our communities, and we cannot commend them enough for their selfless work.
“Many of our volunteers and Specials dedicate their time whist working other jobs and raising families and I take my hat off to them for the skills, experience and knowledge that they each bring to the Force.
“One person in particular, Jackie Glackin, volunteered for our Force within the Domestic Abuse Team before becoming a fully employed member of staff.
“Another volunteer, Special Constable Helen Coser, was awarded a Chief’s Commendation Award recently for her significant support to the Force throughout 2020. Helen volunteered an outstanding 1,800 hours and this year alone she has volunteered 500 hours.
“Becoming a volunteer or Special Constable not only helps our communities but it also provides each individual with invaluable experience and opens doors to career paths which may not have been an option before.”
Further information about becoming a Cleveland Police volunteer, including available opportunities, is available on the Cleveland Police website www.cleveland.police.uk