Volunteers needed to help Harrogate police

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North Yorkshire Police is looking for volunteers to help support the delivery of policing services to its communities.

The force already has 120 volunteers working in a number of roles and is looking to recruit another 100 before July.

Volunteers will work alongside police officers and police staff, supporting their work to keep communities a safe place to live and work.

The roles that the volunteers will fulfil include helping to assure that callers to the Force Control Room are dealt with politely and efficiently, carrying out checks on the vehicle fleet and making sure they are in the right location, helping with administration during major investigations and assisting at Front Office Enquiry Counters. Other volunteers will work in the community offering crime and fire prevention advice.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: “We have an excellent working relationship with the volunteers across North Yorkshire who already provide their valuable time to work alongside us. They are an integral part of the policing family, providing an enhanced policing service to communities and enable police officers and police staff to spend more time performing their core role.

“This is a great opportunity to join the team and work alongside the local police in supporting the community.”

Nigel Drayton, Deputy Head of Volunteering, said: “Three years ago, I had the opportunity to join North Yorkshire Police, I welcomed the chance to do something useful in my local community.

“Since then, I have worked on the front counter at my local police station and helped the Training Department as a role player. “

An open day is taking place for anyone who would like to find out more about volunteering for the force at Harrogate police station between 3pm and 7pm on Friday, March 28.