Thank you to our volunteers!
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex says thank you during National Volunteers’ Week 2021
Volunteers play a significant role in keeping our communities safe, working with Essex Police or Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and supporting projects run directly out of the Commissioner’s office, such as the Restorative and Mediation Service, Independent Custody Visiting and the Dog Welfare Scheme.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Our volunteers make a huge difference and on behalf of myself and the people of Essex, I want to say thank you to you all!
“This year more than ever those who give up their time to help others have shown how invaluable they are. Without them we couldn’t be able to provide the significant services we do. Even more importantly it is through volunteering and the work volunteers do that we create the communities we want to live in. They bring our services closer to the people and create the community spirit that has shone so brightly through these difficult times. Even in these challenging times our volunteers have worked with us to adapt their working methods so they can continue providing a service to our communities. The importance of volunteering cannot be overestimated.”
As well as the PFCC’s own volunteers, the Commissioner also wants to give a huge thanks to Essex Police’s Special Constabulary, Active Citizens, museum volunteers and police cadet leaders. He is also proud and grateful for the support Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s volunteers from Community Speedwatch, community safety, the fire cadets, and their leaders, many of who have given up their time going above and beyond during the pandemic to train as volunteer vaccinators, ambulance drivers and offering other much needed support.
The PFCC would also like to pay tribute the many hundreds of volunteers across the county who support our work to make Essex a safer place, such as Neighbourhood Watch, the Street Pastors and other groups who work so hard for the benefit of others.
This week we are sharing some of our volunteer’s stories on our social media channels and will be taking the time to say thanks for everything they do.
Follow @EssexPFCC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find out more.