Thanking our volunteers this Volunteers’ Week

We are celebrating National Volunteers’ Week by thanking our volunteers who work with us every day.

From Special Constables and Cadet Leaders to BikeSafe volunteers and Community Horsewatch and many others, North Wales Police volunteers help build important links between the police and communities, providing opportunities for individuals to make a positive contribution to their local area.

National Volunteers’ Week is a national celebration of volunteers and volunteering which takes place from 1st to 7th June each year with the aim of recognising, rewarding and recruiting volunteers.

Throughout 2017 the Force’s 192 Special Constables, 109 Police Cadets and 58 police staff volunteers worked over 63,000 hours for North Wales Police – all playing their part in helping to keep the region safe.

Chief Constable Mark Polin said: “Our volunteers play a hugely important role in making our communities safer. They work selflessly, dedicating their time to addressing policing issues that matter most to the local communities. Bringing a wide range of skills and experience to their roles, they make life better for our communities.

“They are passionate about policing and on behalf of the Force and our communities I would like to say a big thank you to all of our volunteers for your continued contribution, commitment and dedication.”

Being a North Wales Police volunteer helps you to improve your skills and gain new experiences – whether it’s on the front line as a Special Constable, a Police Support Volunteer or Police Cadet. They build important links between the police and communities, providing opportunities for individuals to make a positive contribution to their local area.

Meet some of our volunteers:

Shane Hughes, Special Constable at Llangollen

Special Constable Shane Hughes

20-year-old Shane Hughes joined the Special Constabulary to follow in the footsteps of his Taid, who had been a Special Constable for 21 years.

He is based in the Llangollen area and engages with the community and deals with incidents such anti-social behaviour.

He said: “I get a lot out of being a Special Constable. I feel very proud to wear the uniform and represent North Wales Police. It’s great to meet members of the public and listen to their stories about their life. It’s an amazingly interesting role in which it can take you in to very specific fields or delve in to everything at once. 

“I love being a Special Constable and hope to continue doing it for some time and being able to help the community.” 

Mali Anthony, Police Cadet, Llandudno

Police Cadet Mali Anthony

15-year-old Mali Anthony, who is a pupil at Ysgol John Brights, joined the Police Cadets for the ‘challenge’ and to get a basic knowledge and understanding of the role of a Police Officer.

With the Cadets she goes out into the community to help make a difference and improve the local environment, helping by providing assistance and support with local events.

“Joining the Cadets has helped increase my confidence and develop key skills, such as, communication – by learning to engage with a wide range of people from all different backgrounds, discipline – the importance of commitment and reliability. All the foundations needed for a future career.”

Mali is also a martial arts instructor in Llandudno.

Karon Kierney, Police Staff Volunteer with the Digital Forensics Unit in St Asaph

Police Staff Volunteer Karon Kierney

21-year-old Leeds Beckett University student Karon Kierney is a Police Staff Volunteer with North Wales Police and is based in St Asaph with the Digital Forensic Unit. She is currently studying a degree in Computer Forensics and Security and lives in the Llandudno area.

“I decided to become a volunteer because I wanted to gain invaluable experience to help me in my chosen career path, and at the same time provide valuable assistance to the force.

“My main responsibilities are examining digital evidence and exhibits for the Hi-Tech Crime Unit. I am gaining valuable experience and skills, working in a professional environment using the latest technologies which ties in with my university degree studies.

“One day, hopefully with my police experience, I could get a job as a Digital Forensic Examiner.

“I would highly recommend volunteering. It’s a rewarding experience and a good place to increase your skills set, and opens up potential career opportunities.”

To find out more about how to join North Wales Police as a Special Constable or Police Support Volunteer please visit the Recruitment section of our website.