Today is International Volunteer Day and our Citizens in Policing Commander Jenny Brouard has a thank you message for our fantastic volunteers who help us to protect our communities across Essex.
Jenny oversees the 1,800 people across Essex who volunteer their valuable time in a wide variety of roles, from Active Citizens and Police Support Volunteers to Volunteer Police Cadets and our Special Constabulary – which this year was recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
They also include members of volunteer groups who are independent of Essex Police but who work with us to help us to make our county a safer place to live, work and visit. These include Essex Watch schemes and Neighbourhood Watch, as well as Community Speed Watch (CSW) and Essex Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers.
Jenny says everyone who sacrifices their time to make a difference, whether they are, like our Specials, involved in operational policing, or involved in supporting victims and to members of the public in general.
“I am so incredibly grateful to every single one of our volunteers who gives up their time to support people who live in, work in and visit Essex. “It’s been another difficult year but your commitment and desire to help others has shone through. “And that’s been reflected not only in the work you have done individually but in the recognition of the Essex Police Special Constabulary as a whole in the summer with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. “I hear so often that you consider it a privilege to volunteer for Essex Police but we are privileged that you choose to volunteer your time to assist us in our work to help people, keep them safe and catch criminals. “Thank you for all that you have done for us and continue to do for our county.” Jenny Brouard
Want to join our policing family and help to keep your community safe?
Do you want to join 530 Specials, 400 Volunteer Police Cadets, 120 Police Support Volunteers, 70 Cadet leaders and 60 Active Citizens to help people, keep you safe and catch criminals.
We value difference and people from all walks of life volunteer with Essex Police. Everyone is welcome if you share our values and want to protect and serve our communities.
We are also looking for more volunteers to join the Special Constabulary, whether you want to become a Community Special Constable dedicated to your local town or parish or police a little further afield. And if you are aged 13-18, you might want to join one of our 13 Volunteer Police Cadets units.