Police NSW Could Cop Some Help

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Vital role: Liverpool police volunteers Janice Still, Grahame Murray, Dorothy Shoard and Kate Murray.Picture: Simon Bennett

Vital role: Liverpool police volunteers Janice Still, Grahame Murray, Dorothy Shoard and Kate Murray.Picture: Simon Bennett

Interested in volunteering? Have you got what it takes? The NSW Police Force is calling for residents to apply for its Volunteer in Policing program.

Liverpool Champion reported that Kate Murray, of Hammondville, has been volunteering at Liverpool police station for five years and said she would encourage others to apply.

“I decided to volunteer because initially I saw the ad in the paper and thought it’d be good as I’d just retired,” she said.

“I thought I could help the police and we could work together.

“My favourite part is meeting people but it’s certainly opened my eyes.”

Liverpool police volunteer of seven years Dorothy Shoard said the volunteers’ biggest event of the year was “bstreetsmart” in August.

“It’s an event for high school students and more than 5000 students attend each day,” she said.

“Westmead hospital re-enacts a road accident with the police, fire brigade and ambulance.

“We go there and watch the kids because sometimes they have to have their heads in between their knees [because they’re so affected by it].”

Some of the roles of a volunteer include helping police with victim support and customer service, supporting witnesses attending court, performing community liaison functions, participating in community policing initiatives and performing administrative tasks such as minute-taking, shredding, filing, photocopying and packing.

All of the applicants for the Volunteer in Policing program will be fully screened and will have their criminal histories checked to assess suitability.

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