Sussex Police celebrates International Volunteer Day
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Volunteer of the Year Malcolm Flavell collecting his award
Sussex Police is celebrating its many volunteers to mark International Volunteers’ Day.
Today (Tuesday 5 December) we acknowledge their hard work, dedication and commitment, as they give up their own time to help protect and keep people safe.
They include our Special Constables and front office volunteers, and those that regularly help to run our volunteer police cadets across the county.
Also those who assist with Speedwatch, our independent custody visitors and the Sussex Search and Rescue Team SUSSAR.
Assistant Chief Constable Howard Hodges said: “It is no exaggeration to say that Sussex Police are so grateful for how many hours and how much hard work is given by these volunteers who regularly give up their time freely to support the force, and to benefit and keep their communities a safer place to live in.
“It takes a special person to dedicate their time to helping others in such a wide variety of ways. International Volunteers’ Day allows us as a force to recognise all that our volunteers contribute.
“Thank you so much for all that you do.”
Special Constable of the Year Michael Jacobs collecting his award
The event recognised the exceptional work from officers, staff and volunteers over the past year.
Malcolm Flavell, who volunteers in Brighton and Hove’s Missing Persons team, was named as Volunteer of the Year.
Nominating him, his supervisor Sergeant Alison Tate said: “Malcolm is truly deserving of the recognition of his dedication to the team, he gives up a day a week where possible in amongst other external volunteering roles and has even offered to come in on a bank holiday to help.
“Malcolm uses his previous experiences and knowledge as a Special Constable to help him in the investigation of the missing children and approaches it all with interest and energy.”
Picking up the award, Malcolm said: “To be Volunteer of the Year is a real surprise to me. It’s a lovely experience.
“It’s been incredibly enjoyable and very rewarding work. I love giving something back to the community.”
Michael Jacobs, who volunteers in Brighton and Hove’s Tactical Enforcement Unit, was named as Special Constable of the Year.
Nominating him, his manager Sergeant Mark Robinson said: “Special Constable Jacobs is a stalwart of the Sussex Police Special Constabulary and has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the communities of Sussex as a Special for 15 years now.
“Having worked for five years in Mid-Sussex and now ten in Brighton, SC Jacobs commits a significant number of hours, often very anti-social ones, more recently predominantly supporting the activities of the Brighton TEU as a part time member of the team.”
Picking up the award, Michael said: “It means a lot. It’s a recognition of my family for having to miss me on weekends and evenings.
“It’s also a memory for my uncle, which is the reason why I joined because my uncle was murdered when I was 17. For me, just to make that difference by being that one extra person so there wasn’t a single car going out with a single crewed officer, I could make that difference.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Today is an opportunity to say thank you to all the volunteers across the county who are indispensable to policing and to key projects my office supports.
"Many of these volunteers have day jobs and other demands on their time so we are very grateful for their continued commitment to supporting police and keeping the streets of Sussex safe.”