The contribution of police volunteers across the county was recognised at an event hosted by the police and crime commissioner and chief constable of Cheshire.

More than 70 volunteers joined together at police headquarters in Winsford for the Volunteer Appreciation event to receive thanks from the constabulary and also hear how people from all walks of life are giving up hours of their own time to make a contribution to policing in Cheshire.

The chief constable and police and crime commissioner spoke about volunteering, the opportunities available and how grateful the organisation and the wider community are to them for giving up their time.

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Volunteers were also invited to speak about the part they play in keeping our communities safe, including dog volunteers, custody visitors, staff at the museum of policing in Warrington, representatives from Cheshire CARES, members of the police cadets and officers from the special constabulary.

Chief constable Simon Byrne said: “Volunteers are an integral part of how we police here in Cheshire. They make an invaluable contribution to our communities and support us in ensuring that we’re here for people when they need us and where they need us.

“The event was the perfect opportunity to express our gratitude to the volunteers and show them that, as an organisation and as a wider community, we appreciate every minute of the time that they give.”

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The work of Cheshire constabulary is supported by more than 1,700 volunteers, who give up their time to help and improve the communities in which we live.

To find out more about becoming a police support volunteer, visit www.cheshire.police.uk.