Police urge residents of Dacorum to volunteer for emergency services to support local communities

Hertfordshire Police are looking for volunteers as part of a new emergency services pilot initiative to bring more support to communities in Dacorum.

The Emergency Services Volunteer (ESV) program is launching in North Herts and Dacorum and is expected to offer people the opportunity to support their local fire and police teams.

The program will help free up frontline staff to meet operational commitments by fully training volunteers.

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The Emergency Services Volunteer (ESV) program is to be launched in North Herts and Dacorum.

People who volunteer will support police and staff at community events and provide advice on fire safety and crime prevention.

They will carry out security checks within their local community and identify risks of crime or arson.

Volunteers will also conduct “safe and well” tours.

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David Lloyd, Commissioner of Police and Crime for Hertfordshire, said: “This is an opportunity to volunteer for something that is challenging and rewarding, and somewhat different from most other internships.”

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service fire chief Alex Woodman said he wanted to encourage more members of the public to join us and get involved in the initiative.

Fire Chief Alex Woodman said: “The Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) is dedicated to meeting the needs of our local community and we have a duty to promote fire safety.”

He added: ‘The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 gives us the opportunity to work with others in the community to do this.

Hertfordshire Police Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: ‘Hertfordshire has a rich history of volunteerism and those involved in this partnership initiative will find themselves supporting their local communities in positive ways.

He continued: “Not only will those who sign up be exposed to training that will really boost their personal development and confidence, supporting all emergency services, it will improve the lives of so many people, including some of the most vulnerable in our community.

The program could be rolled out elsewhere in the county if it proves effective.

Those who are interested or want more information can email Hertfordshire Police here.