Avon and Somerset Constabulary is ‘grateful’ to volunteers for their ‘commitment’ and ‘dedication’

PUBLISHED: 15:48 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:48 22 February 2017

PCC Sue Mountstevens presents award to Christine Lucas.

PCC Sue Mountstevens presents award to Christine Lucas.

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Avon and Somerset Constabulary has recognised the efforts and achievements of its volunteers in North Somerset during an awards ceremony.

The volunteer celebration evening commended the work done by police volunteers in the area.

Jennifer Hill, Christine Lucas and Valerie Sly received awards for their five years of voluntary service to the police.

Jennifer, who is a neighbourhood justice volunteer, said: “The training is rewarding and beneficial and it is a great opportunity to learn new life skills.

“I am exceptionally pleased volunteers are being recognised and valued.

“There are a variety of opportunities available and I hope the word will spread and more people will want to join us.”

The constabulary also recognised nine other volunteers who have completed their first year of service.

Some of the winners worked with the puppy scheme – where volunteers walk police puppies – while others volunteered with Pubwatch.

Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Crew, police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Chief Superintendent Simon Ellis attended the event and thanked the volunteers for the time and energy they devote to policing.

Volunteer programme development officer Kate Masters said: “The constabulary is really grateful to all the volunteers across the force.

“Their time, dedication and commitment are to be admired and they do a fantastic job.”

New volunteers are wanted, and people who are interested in helping are encouraged to get in touch. To find out more, visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/about-us/recruitment/volunteer-roles

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