This is a varied and interesting role, which sees our volunteers assist the unit by providing administrative support in areas such as updating victims of crime, updating crime spreadsheets and handling telephone enquiries. Our volunteers are very important members within the team, by supporting our policing effort and enhancing the services we provide to the public.
Bob Gunning, Police Support Volunteer St Albans Local Crime Unit
What does your role entail?
The production and regular updating of spreadsheets watching CCTV footage and preparing brief reports for Detective Constables.
What made you become a volunteer for Hertfordshire Constabulary?
I needed to keep active after retirement and felt I should give something back to the community. The challenges to policing in today’s unpredictable society, coupled with tight budgetary constraints, offer opportunities to use volunteers like me, who wish to play a small part in the preservation of law and order.
How long have you been volunteering with the Constabulary?
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer and what does it bring you?
It is important to me to know that what I do is more than just a paper exercise. I believe that the information that I produce is both useful and used. I also enjoy working as part of a team in a culture that is new to me and possibly unique.
How do you feel your contribution helps the Constabulary?
My contribution saves officers’ time.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am retired headhunter and recruitment specialist. I also volunteer as an exam invigilator in St Albans and work in the Harpenden library.
I am married with two children and three grandchildren. I sing with the Royal Choral Society and am an avid watcher of most sports, but in particular Rugby Union.