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Police praise for North Yorkshire force’s volunteers
9:11am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
VOLUNTEERS for North Yorkshire Police have given more than 20,000 hours to the force in the last two years.
Figures released by the force show that although the number of volunteers on hand to police has declined slightly in recent years, the number of hours they worked has gone up.
The figures, published on the force’s website, show there were 29 volunteers working for the force in 2009, rising to 128 in 2010 and 144 in 2011. The figure fell in 2012 to 110 volunteers, but had risen again by the end of March this year to 128.
Volunteers’ hours were not logged by police until 2012, but the figures showed 10,042 hours were given up by volunteers last year, with 11,870 to March 31 of this year.
A force spokesman said: “The volunteers who work for North Yorkshire Police are greatly valued by the force.
“They enhance the service we give to local communities performing roles that would not otherwise be filled.
“They are not a replacement for paid employees. The volunteers cover a range of roles from special constable through to covering front-office counters, which they gain personal satisfaction from.”
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