Dover police volunteer encourages others to help the force
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A Kent Police volunteer in Dover has told of the satisfaction he gets from helping the force in his spare time.
Peter Sweet has been working at the police station in Ladywell for the last four years.
He signed up as a volunteer after retiring from a career in air traffic control and teaching, and helps local officers with admin and other tasks.
Peter said: 'I find that my time spent "on duty" has always been rewarding. At the local police station I carry out a variety of assignments helping with work that can free up police officers and PCSOs for the more important parts of policing. In addition I have also helped with training in Maidstone.'
Part of the team
He added: 'I took on voluntary work having retired from professional life. I look forward to the interaction with colleagues and being part of a team again, which I missed having retired.
'The big advantage of working voluntarily is that one is appreciated by colleagues and can generally arrange to work as much or as little as one feels personally comfortable with.
'If you have a few hours spare that you would like to spend productively, I can sincerely recommend working as a police volunteer.'
Kent Police currently has 115 volunteers like Peter who perform a range of roles, mainly office-based work.
Those who apply are vetted, trained, given the opportunity to gain new skills and contribute to the safety of their community.