Alun Michael, APCC Lead for Citizens in Policing, and Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, said:
“To me, volunteering is the essential act of citizenship, benefitting both the volunteer and the community. Volunteers, like special constables, police staff volunteers, youth volunteers and cadets, play a vital role, not only supporting policing and crime reduction but also assisting Commissioners in their role and I am delighted that every year we celebrate their contribution in helping to keep our communities safer.
“Volunteers in policing carry out important roles, from checking the welfare of people in custody to advising on policing issues and community groups, through Independent Advisory Groups. They are at the front line of the public holding the police to account.
“It is great to see the way that the role of the special constable has expanded and become such a valued part of the police family. The recent increase in young people involved as youth volunteers or cadets is a great opportunity for them and is also providing support to our communities.
“Volunteers’ Week, 1-7 June, allows us to pay tribute to all those who volunteer, in whatever capacity, for their time, effort and selfless commitment in giving back to society and I would encourage as many people as possible, who can spare some time, to volunteer for the community they live in.”