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Northumbria celebrates International Volunteer Day

02 Dec 2016 09:06 AM

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Northumbria Police is celebrating this year's International Volunteer Day with Northumbria Volunteers giving up their time to make a difference in their community.

Across the force Special Constables, Community Speedwatch schemes and Northumbria's Volunteer Police Cadets volunteer hours of their own time to support policing.

Northumbria Volunteers get involved in a wide range of activities all aimed at making communities even safer.

And, on Monday, December 5, a range of activities are being carried out by volunteers across the force to help communities and to celebrate the occasion.

In Sunderland and South Tyneside officers are facilitating day attachments for volunteers in a variety of departments including the National Police Air Service, Motor Patrols, CID, Marine Unit and with Scenes of Crime Officers. There are also Special Constables working with 24/7 response officers and neighbourhood teams as part of their normal commitment.

In North Tyneside a volunteers evening event is being held at Middle Engine Lane Police Station. Officers have invited a wide range of volunteers to attend including Police Cadets, Special Constables, Street Pastors, Community Speedwatch Volunteers, Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and Pub Watch members to help celebrate the day and discuss their volunteering roles. In Northumberland Special Constables will be volunteering for extra police duties on Monday to help mark the day, with some wearing body worn cameras to record the incidents they deal with.

In Newcastle and Gateshead Special Constables will be executing warrants for individuals who have failed to appear at court, they will tracked down and arrested and brought before the courts. Throughout the day Special Constables will also be carrying out both mobile and static patrols targeting people who drive while distracted on their mobile phones. Those caught offending, putting the lives of themselves and others at risk, will face a £100 fixed penalty notice and three penalty points on their licence.

Superintendent Sarah Pitt has responsibility for Northumbria Police's volunteers.

She said: "International Volunteer Day is a great opportunity for us to showcase the great work of our Northumbria Volunteers.

"Hundreds of people across the region give up their own free time to help make their communities safer and we cannot thank them enough for the work they do.

"Whether it's through the special constabulary or community speedwatch or our younger Volunteer Police Cadets those who give up their own time to support us really do make a huge difference.

"The support our volunteers give us is absolutely overwhelming and something we very much value."

To find out more about volunteering opportunities within Northumbria Police visit www.careers.northumbria.police.uk

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