56 year old Chris Perkins, joined the Police in July 1980 at the age of 18 years, he has served in Manchester and North Wales, retiring in 2010.
Chris took a three year break from policing but returned as a PCSO in 2013 to the Central Division.
Chris has volunteered for most of his adult life, and has been an adult member of the, 10th Trafford Boy’s Brigade, 3rd Rhos-on-Sea Scouts, and more recently Leader for the National Volunteer Police Cadets since 2016.
In 1994 – Chris travelled to Romania where he helped at an Orphanage, with other Police Officers and Special Constables.
Chris was awarded the Community Police Officer of the Year in 2000 and more recently in 2016 the Unison PCSO of the year, both in recognition of his commitment to the communities he has served both in and out of work.
Chris leads the West Conwy Cadet Unit, in his own time, and has just seen his first unit of 20 volunteer cadets graduate, following a 2 year commitment from them.
8 of these cadets have chosen to stay with the unit to help Chris and his assistant leaders with the newly recruited batch of 20 young cadets, who start in September, at Llandrillo College.
Along with another 20 cadets, who have been recruited to commence at Rhyl College, we presently have nearly 190 Cadets across the whole Force area
When asked why he volunteers Chris said –
“Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer.
Volunteering and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose.
While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help others, those in need and improve your health and happiness.”
“One of the greatest things about working with young people, some who identify as being vulnerable, is the reward when you see the difference within an individual that your volunteering has made”
Volunteer Police cadets isn’t about the recruits of the future, it’s about Inspiring and Supporting Young People, Empowering young people to lead social action in their communities
Having North Wales Police Volunteer Cadets is only possible due to the commitment of individuals like Chris, if you’d like to get involved and volunteer please contact 01492 804133 and speak to a member of the Citizens in Policing Team