Police Support Volunteer Ros Griffin, has been volunteering for Suffolk Constabulary since the summer of 2015. As a Volunteer on Horseback she is the ‘eyes and ears’ of the countryside, and as a Role Player she assists in the training of student officers, providing real life scenarios and preparing them for active duty.
Ros states that she first wanted to volunteer for the Constabulary “because I want to see the law upheld in Suffolk. I believe we all have some responsibility to contribute to the well being of our communities. I am an extra pair of eyes and have familiarity of the area, noticing when things are ‘not quite right’ or there is suspicious activity.”
Ros balances her home life with volunteering as a role player. These are often full days at Headquarters, doing a variety of different tasks and taking on different pseudonyms.
Ros believes that she has gained skills in observation and patience whilst volunteering for the Constabulary; “I look at a situation from a different perspective and when I am riding I am more aware of things that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. I am also able to see things over hedges and fields from being up so high. Other members of the public are very interested and are pleased we are there being another crime prevention method”.
Ros says she has always done some kind of voluntary work, but “volunteering with the Police has been my most interesting and fulfilling role to date. I feel as though I am part of the policing family”.