We are celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2017 by thanking all of our dedicated volunteers for their hard work. From special constables and cadet leaders to community speedwatch volunteers, police support volunteers and many others, we are lucky enough have over 1430 volunteers working with us, everyday supporting policing.

Volunteers work selflessly, committing their time to addressing policing issues that matter most to local people. Bringing a wide range of skills and experience to their roles, they make life better for our communities. Together they have donated over 80,000 hours in the last year, to help us keep our communities safe.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Volunteers play a hugely important role in making our communities safer and stronger. Not only do they support the police across many different roles, they also play a vital part in assisting me as your PCC.

“It’s important that residents are given the opportunity to be involved in their local police service, whether that’s as a neighbourhood watch coordinator, volunteer police cadet, independent custody visiting volunteer or a police support volunteer.

“Our volunteers are people who are passionate about policing and I thoroughly enjoy working alongside them. On behalf of our communities I would like to say a big thank you to all of our volunteers for your continued contribution, commitment and dedication.”

Two weeks ago we recognised some of our volunteers at this year's Be Proud Awards. The awards aim to highlight the very best of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, recognising our dedicated officers, staff and volunteers for all their hard work in ensuring our communities are safe and feel safe.

The full list of finalists and overall winners is available on our website.

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