On 20 June, Tony Lloyd held his annual celebration dinner to say thank you to all the police and crime commissioner volunteers for their hard work and commitment over the last year.
Over twenty volunteers and their guests came along, to dine, dance, and take part in some fun World Cup-based party games.
Behind the dinner and dancing, however, lay a serious message of thanks from Tony:
“Our dedicated volunteers give up their own time to help make our communities better. I am so glad to be able to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to these – often unsung – heroes.
“It’s important that the efforts of our volunteers are recognised and appreciated. Events like this are just one small way we can show our gratitude to a special group of people who do some very valuable work for some really vulnerable individuals.”
Tony presented certificates to several of the volunteers in recognition of their major contribution to volunteering, their commitment to strengthening police and community relations, and their role in improving confidence in policing.
Volunteer Sybil Lavin said: “A great deal of thought went into the event and it surpassed anything I thought would happen! It was great to have some free time to meet with colleagues and make new friends.”
Volunteer Kevin McKeogh said: “Everyone there enjoyed themselves. The fact that our table won the quiz was the icing on the cake – although our success was largely down to Katie and Rachel’s dance moves!”
Tony runs two volunteers schemes: one where volunteers make unannounced visits to custody suites to make sure they meet the required standards, and another that sees volunteers providing support to young or vulnerable people who have been arrested and no parent or carer is available to sit with them during the interview process.
Find out more about our volunteers schemes.