PCC Volunteers given festive treat as thanks for hard work
VOLUNTEERS were given a festive treat by Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, in recognition of their hard work.
The PCC hosted a “thank you” event, which saw the volunteers enjoying a Christmas buffet at the Chelmsford Cathedral education centre.
The 13 people who attended volunteer for the Dog Welfare Lay Visiting Scheme – where they observe and report on the conditions under which police dogs are trained and care for – and the Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) programme. Both volunteer schemes are run by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
Nick Alston thanked the volunteers for their hard and important work before they were then treated to a display by Essex Police dog Bruno. The Cocker Spaniel is one of the force’s most experienced canines who specialises in identifying explosives, drugs and money. They also met some of the Essex Police dog handlers who talked about their work.
Mr Alston said: “Running volunteer schemes is one of the most rewarding things that I have had the chance to be involved in as Police and Crime Commissioner.
“There is no greater responsibility for PCCs than involving the public, their ideas, experiences and opinions in the review and scrutiny of Essex Police.
“I look forward to the really exciting year ahead where all of our volunteers will continue to have the opportunity to contribute to the improvement of these programmes and to the level and nature of the scrutiny they help my office to achieve.”
The ICV scheme involves volunteers visiting custody suites at police stations across Essex to observe the treatment of detainees and the conditions they are being kept in.
Mr Alston presented each of the volunteers with a certificate of appreciation.
The thank you event took place on Monday December 8.