International Volunteers Day

Dated: 05 Dec 2017 09:00 AM

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Northumbria Police is once again taking the opportunity to celebrate its volunteers as International Volunteers Day takes place across the world.
International Volunteers Day is mandated by the UN General Assembly and is held each year on December 5.
The day is seen as a great opportunity to celebrate the outstanding efforts of volunteers and promote their work among our communities.
And, with this year’s theme ‘Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.’ aimed at recognising the contributions of volunteers as first responders in times of crisis it is a great opportunity to celebrate the massive contribution Northumbria Police’s volunteers make.
Across the force hundreds of people give up their own time to volunteer for the vast and varied volunteering roles across the organisations from the Special Constabulary and force chaplains to Police Support Volunteers including our new cyber volunteers’ right through to the forces younger volunteers in the cadet scheme and Mini Police.
To mark the occasion Special Constables in Sunderland and South Tyneside will be offering their support to the National Air Police Service while in Newcastle and Gateshead they will be getting involved with the Christmas Tree Project to provide Christmas presents to under privileged children and leading a two day operation targeting people who are wanted.
Northumbria’s Volunteer Police Cadets are also marking the day and will be running ‘Project Christmas’ which will see them go into residential homes and sheltered accommodation to deliver Christmas gifts to elderly people. 
Temporary Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt is Northumbria Police’s operational lead on Citizens in Policing and has given International Volunteers Day her full support.
She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the amazing work our volunteers do right across the Northumbria Police force area. We have some brilliant people who give up their own time to support policing and are always incredibly grateful for the time they give up.”
Earlier this year, Northumbria’s Special Constabulary joined up with Durham Police’s Special Constabulary at the Sunderland International Airshow, and after the outstanding success the two forces will once again be joining up to celebrate International Volunteers Day. Both force’s specials will be carrying out crime prevention in Gateshead, at its border with Durham as part of a campaign aimed at keeping people safer during the dark nights.
Chief Officer Dale Checksfield, who heads up Durham Special Constabulary said: "Volunteers are playing an increasingly important role within policing and we are excited to stand with Northumbria on International Volunteers Day. We are so appreciative of their time, knowledge and efforts in protecting our local communities."
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