Bedfordshire Police celebrates incredible volunteers Image: Bedfordshire Police

Volunteers worth more than £500,000 every year to Bedfordshire Police

Members of Watch schemes, Special Constabulary, cadets and police support volunteers were recognised at a Bedfordshire Police awards ceremony at Venue 360 in Luton on Thursday (13 June).

More than 150 people including volunteers, their family and friends attended the event, which was organised by the force’s Citizens in Policing Unit.

Volunteers make a contribution worth more than £500,000 every year to Bedfordshire Police.

Last year members of the Special Constabulary contributed 46,385 hours to the force, while cadets volunteered for more than 2,000 hours.

Chief Constable Jon Boutcher also praised the work of Bedfordshire Police’s volunteers to round off the evening, he said:

“These award ceremonies are really important. They are an opportunity to reward our volunteers for the outstanding work that they do day in day out, and for giving up their own time to support local communities and Bedfordshire Police.

“I would like to give thanks to all the families, friends and colleagues for their support in helping Bedfordshire Police protect the public, and to all those who helped to organise this important and special event.”

Wendy Bird, head of Citizens in Policing Unit, said:

“I am so proud to present our first Volunteers Appreciation evening. Being a volunteer myself, I know how rewarding it can be and the value that it provides to our force.”

Award winners

Simon Greenland (Special Constable Award)
Shabbar Raja (Cadet Award)
Sean Duggan (Police Support Volunteer Award)
John Waller (Watch Scheme Award)
Amanda Cawthorne (Watch Scheme Award)