As Lincolnshire Police’s ‘1000 Volunteer Challenge Project’ continues to gather momentum, we take a look at how volunteers at Alford Police Station have been helping enhance the service for 20 years.
Back in April 1994, a local newspaper published a feature about how two regular volunteers at Alford Police Station were helping to free up officers’ time by taking on certain duties and allowing the opening hours of the station to be extended.
Twenty years on, and volunteers Ray Abbotts and Pam Duckenfield, provide a similar valuable service at Alford, staffing the front desk.
Community Policing Sgt Kevin Williams said: “Our local police stations are valuable community hubs, and residents appreciate being able to drop in to have that face-to-face contact to discuss matters of concern or to obtain answers to queries.
“However, we must balance providing that service with our operational demands and the need for our officers and PCSOs to be out on their beats. This is where the volunteers perform a really important role, and we consider them to be an integral part of the team”.
Volunteer Ray Abbotts has been giving his time at Alford for the past four years and is a committed supporter of the volunteer project.
Ray said: “I work at Alford three days a week and thoroughly enjoy the fact that each day is interesting and varied. Now I am retired, I have the opportunity to do something for the community and would encourage anyone considering volunteering to go ahead and find out more.
“The 1000 Volunteer Challenge Project means it is an exciting and rewarding time to be a Lincolnshire Police volunteer, with the expansion of roles and new training opportunities available”.
• Anyone who is interested in finding out more about becoming a police volunteer can call 101 and ask to be put through to the Volunteer Project Team.