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Vera Baird and Northumbria Police host conference to thank volunteers

2nd June 2017

Northumbria Police and Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner are once again hosting a Volunteer’s Conference to recognise the fantastic role those who give up their own time to support policing play.


Last year Northumbria’s volunteers were celebrated at the first ever Volunteer’s Conference which coincided with National Volunteering Week.


Due to its astounding success the conference is once again being hosted with this year’s theme ‘Volunteering Through the Ages’.


Guest speakers will include a North East police historian, a volunteer from Mountain Search and Rescue and Russell Perry from Northumberland Cricket Club.


Northumbria’s very own Volunteer Police Cadets will also talk about how the scheme has developed over the year’s.


The event will be opened by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird.


She said: “This conference is an opportunity to show our gratitude and appreciation for all our volunteers do. My office benefits from a number of volunteer roles – from independent custody visitors to court observers – they bring an outsiders’ perspective and help us identify issues so we can tackle them and bring about positive change.


“I am grateful to everyone who dedicates their time and skills so that together we can try and make a difference and I wish all our volunteers a fantastic day celebrating the contribution they make.”


Superintendent Sarah Pitt has been the driving force behind developing Northumbria Police’s volunteering roles.


She said: “The work of our volunteer’s is nothing less than extroadinary, hundreds of people give up their own time to support policing in various roles whether it is through the special constabulary or community speedwatch or for younger volunteers through the volunteer police cadet scheme and now our even younger volunteers in the Mini Police.


“I wanted us to give something back to them, they give up their own time to support us and I felt it only right we do the same. The purpose of this conference is to recognise the outstanding contribution they make and an opportunity for us to say thank you. I hope our volunteers will find it interesting and inspiring and that the event highlights how much we value their work.


“We have some great guest speakers lined up who will talk to us about volunteering through the ages and how volunteering has developed and changed over the years.”


Northumbria Volunteers’ Conference coincides with both National Specials Weekend and National Volunteers’ Week.


Supt Pitt added: “We’re really proud to be celebrating our volunteers and contributing to both National Specials Weekend and National Volunteers’ Week both of which demonstrate the huge difference volunteers make.”


Follow updates from the Volunteers’ Conference on twitter @northumbriapol #NorthumbriaVolunteers #VolunteersWeek #CitizensinPolicing and the Northumbria Police facebook pages.