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  1. This may have been discussed before, but is it not time for a revision of the green/blue light rules for other organisations? Obviously current legislation: But this was written before community first responders were really in use. CFRs respond to emergency priority calls (probably more than out of hours doctors). Most doctors now seem to respond with the ambulance service or air ambulance trauma car & use blues-twos anyway. Therefore it would seem sensible to at least add CFRs to the above legislation (like the added Military Special Forces in 2011 for blue). Or am I missing something?
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    The national survey was commissioned by Chief Constable Dave Jones, the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s business lead for Citizens in Policing, working with the national Citizens in Policing Community of Practice. The Community of Practice was formed in June 2014 drawing together over 25 key stakeholders, including the College of Policing, Home Office, Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers, National Police Chief’s Council, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Neighbourhood Watch, and force and volunteering expertise. Download the full report.
  3. A police force has advertised for volunteers to help clean its fleet of patrol vehicles and visit car boot sales to look for stolen goods. Guardian
  4. Proposals for new powers for 7,000 Police Community Support Volunteers Daily Mail: Full article
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    Police Support Volunteer Honoured at Downing Street Event A Warwickshire Police Support Volunteer has been nominated as a North Warwickshire and Bedworth Community Champion and was invited to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister. New Community Speed Watch Schemes Volunteers in Monmouthshire Gwent are helping officers to warn drivers about their speeding. Over the bank holiday weekend they caught 30 drivers speeding at three sites.
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    North Yorkshire Volunteers Face Freezing Weather In North Yorkshire, more than 40 farmers and Watch volunteers, representing Borderwatch, Thirsk Valewatch, Girsby Watch, Bedale Watch and Stokesley Watch, worked alongside officers from North Yorkshire Police and five other police forces as part of Operation Checkpoint on one of the coldest nights of the year. Northumbria Volunteers to help curb speeding Volunteers from Northumberland villages have been quick to step up to the mark to help keep speeding motorists at bay. The Northumbria Police Community Speed Watch (CSW) scheme has recruited 31 locals from Morpeth, Alnwick, Berwick and Hexham who will assist officers tackling speeding in local areas.
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    Volunteers Support Scenes of Crime State of the art crime scene investigation boxes have been introduced for Post Mortems and Crime Scenes in West Yorkshire after volunteers gave up their time to lend their expertise to the force. These boxes are affectionately known as Red and Green boxes. Telephone Befriending Service In 2012, Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and Avon and Somerset Police began a joint telephone befriending service. It has run as a pilot for two years and is now business as usual. The idea is that police call handlers identify vulnerable adults who contact the Constabulary about non-police matters and offer them over-the-phone support from RVS telephone volunteers.
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    Celebrating National Volunteers Week with our Citizens in Policing Profiles National Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which took place this year on 1-7 June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of Volunteers across the UK. Volunteering Matters would like to take the opportunity to showcase some of our Citizens in Policing who give their time as police volunteers. Guest Article - Lions Club International This issue we welcome an overview of the Lions Club International, which is the world’s largest voluntary service organisation with 1.34 Million members in some 208 countries and geographic areas.
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    Citizens in Policing Conference 2014 The Citizens in Policing Conference 2014 was held 28/29 January 2014 where some 140 delegates, including practitioners, ACPO officers and Police and Crime Commissioners, attended. The conference offered lots of opportunity for delegates to network and share good practice. Proud of Stockport - Rita Armin The ‘Proud of Stockport’ Awards 2014 took place in the Town Hall Ballroom on 4th February 2014. Rita Armin, a Police Support Volunteer with Greater Manchester Police was the winner of the Special Police Award category.
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    GMP Cadets involved in bringing Christmas Cheer GMP Cadets helped wrap Christmas hampers filled with food and winter essentials which were delivered to vulnerable and elderly people across Greater Manchester, bringing some cheer to those who may not otherwise see a friendly face over the festive period. Cash boost for Kent Search and Rescue volunteers The invaluable support given to the force by volunteers at Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR) was recognised recently with a £1,000 donation.
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    Volunteer success at National Ferrers Awards 2013 The Lord Ferrers Awards 2013 were held in June at Westminster. These annual national awards provide an excellent opportunity to recognise the wide range of skills that both Special Constables and Police Support Volunteers bring to policing throughout England and Wales. Cumbrian winners at National Neighbourhood Watch Awards Two Cumbria Police Support volunteers won recognition for their outstanding contribution to administration and management of ‘Cumbria Community Messaging’.
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    GMP launch new Cadet scheme The scheme, developed by Sergeant Jane Butler and Youth Strategy Officer PC Andrew Marsden, is aimed at 13- 17 year-olds and provides a programme of weekly Cadet nights filled with activity, information and – hopefully – some fun. Humberside volunteers in partnership with Fire & Rescue Volunteers who offer their time and effort to Humberside Police are set to wear two hats as their services are shared in partnership with Humberside Fire and Rescue.
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    Police Support Volunteers Success at National Awards On 19 October successful nominees for the National Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteer Awards were invited to The Great Hall, Westminster, London to receive their awards from Lord Taylor of Holbeach, CBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Criminal Information. Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service Community Volunteers Alun James , Community Volunteer, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service tells Volunteering Matters about his volunteer role.
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    Foreword - Justin Davis Smith CBE, CEO Volunteering England We're delighted to welcome Justin Davis Smith CBE, CEO of Volunteering England, as our guest foreword for this edition of Volunteering Matters Tameside Homewatch The 2012 Tameside Home Watch Conference was held recently at Dukinfield Town Hall, with over 100 Home Watch Co-ordinators and invited guests attending.
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    Foreword - Rob Beckley, ACPO National Lead for Citizens in Policing We're delighted to welcome Rob Beckley, DCC of Avon & Somerset Police who is the ACPO National Lead for Citizens in Policing. Spotlight on a Volunteer Janet Gould is a volunteer for Greater Manchester Police and has been an essential part of the South Neighbourhood Policing team for a number of years.
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    Volunteering Matters Launch Welcome to the first ever edition of Volunteering Matters. A foreword by Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. Guest View - Susan J Ellis Each issue we will have a specialist in volunteering guest to share their views with us. This edition we welcome Susan J Ellis, President of Energize, Inc., a training, consulting, and publishing firm that specialises in volunteerism.
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