South Yorkshire Police volunteering scheme recognised for its quality

Chief Supt Jason Harwin
Chief Supt Jason Harwin
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A volunteering scheme run by South Yorkshire Police has been recognised for its quality.

The Police Support Volunteer scheme was awarded ‘Kitemark Plus’ status for the positive experience it offers volunteers.

Voluntary Action Rotherham and the Rotherham Local Strategic Partnership awards the Kitemark Plus status to organisations which run volunteering schemes and meet specific standards.

Police volunteers help police officers and Police Community Support Officers in providing crime prevention advice and working on community safety initiatives.

They also offer support to victims of crime and take part in crime prevention awareness events.

Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, Rotherham’s District Commander, said: “This is a fantastic achievement not only for our community safety team across the region, but marks another positive step forward in Rotherham.

“Achieving this status demonstrates how rewarding individuals are finding the volunteering experience in our police force, as well as highlighting the excellent contributions from our volunteers towards making our town a safer place.”

Chief Inspector Andy Kent, head of South Yorkshire Police’s community safety department, said: “We are thrilled to have achieved Kitemark Plus status in Rotherham and are thankful to the many volunteers who already give their time and commitment to South Yorkshire Police.

“Volunteering is a rewarding and fulfilling experience and we would love to hear from anyone who thinks they might want to take part in our scheme.”