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Volunteers to be ‘face of police stations’

Created on 13/07/2018 @ 09:28
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Volunteers are being sought to help out at Welshpool Police Station, as well as others in the area.

Dyfed-Powys Police is looking for people to join its existing team of volunteers as the face of police stations.

More than 100 volunteers currently dedicate some of their spare time to various roles in the police throughout the force area – from Special Constables and cadets, to chaplains and victim support officers.

And the force is now opening up the position of public enquiry officer (PEO) to its list of volunteering opportunities for the first time.

PEOs will provide support to officers and staff for up to eight hours a week at Welshpool Police Stations.

“They will deal with enquiries from members of the public, police officers and staff in person and over the phone; receive, record and process enquiries relating to lost and found property; and support designated property officers at the station they are based in,” said a Dyfed Powys Police spokesperson.

They will also be required to monitor station security and CCTV where applicable; ensure visitors are correctly recorded; and provide general administration and support.

Volunteers will not be expected to open or close stations – they will only be on duty when an officer is at the station.

Superintendent Robyn Mason, force lead for citizens in policing, said: “We have close links with our communities across Dyfed-Powys, and we would like to strengthen these by having volunteers based at some of our stations.

“The new volunteer PEOS will provide a vital link between the force and the towns we serve, and will act as the face of Dyfed-Powys Police in the station they are based.

“In return, we will be providing new skills and experience to our volunteers, who might be looking to apply for employment in the future, taking a career break or looking to give back during their retirement years.”

For an application form, email or phone Citizens in Policing coordinator Adele Jones on 01267 226463.

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