Open meeting about police plans for 1,000 volunteers

People in Market Rasen are invited to a Lincolnshire Police meeting about plans to increase the number of volunteers working for the force.

Police and Crime Comissioner Alan Hardwick has set out plans for Lincolnshire Police to increase the number of people volunteering to work alongside them to 1,000.

To help achieve this, a project board has been set up in Lincolnshire Police - and its first meeting will be open to the public to attend.

This is aimed at ensuring the project is transparent, influential and open to scrutiny.

Mr Hardwick hopes to have 1,000 volunteers by April 2016.

He says they will assist police functions and not replace existing staff.

The project aims to increase levels of police visibility, provide a link with communities and raise levels of community engagement and increase the capability, capacity and visibility of volunteers within the force.

It is proposed there will be 350 Special Constables, 250 Police Support Volunteers, 150 Police Cadets and 250 Volunteer Police Community Support Officers.

The meeting will be opened by Alan Hardwick and Assistant Chief Constable Keith Smy will hold a question and answer session at the end.

The meeting will take place in the Dave Goodwin lecture hall at Lincolnshire Police headquarters in Nettleham on Wednesday, May 8 from 10am to 12pm.

If you would like to attend the meeting, e-mail peter.dyer@lincs.pnn.police.uk.

Include details of any questions you would like to ask.