WILSAR Receives Police Chief Constable’s Award

30 October 2013  |  News  |  ,

Wednesday 30th October 2013.

Proud volunteers and their families from Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR) gathered in Devizes on Wednesday to receive Wiltshire Police Chief Constable’s Certificate of Appreciation. The Chief Constable attended the event in person to present the award to Gail Leaman, the Chair of WILSAR.

Mr Geenty said: “WILSAR have turned out on hundreds of occasions to help search for missing people. They have assisted on 36 occasions already during 2013 resulting in 20 missing people being found safe and well. Their consistent delivery of skilled searching has led to a level of trust from our own Police Search Advisers (PolSAs) in the quality of work WILSAR do, to the extent that they operate independently on many occasions.

“The level of enthusiasm and commitment shown by members of WILSAR is outstanding and this commitment is illustrated by the fact that five of team’s members are being recognised for having delivered five years of service and a further seven for undertaking more than ten years. It is with great pleasure that I am able to recognise WILSAR’s ongoing commitment to the people of Wiltshire and express our gratitude with this award.”

WILSAR PR officer, Sly Jenkins, commented: “Our volunteers are on call to assist the Police 24/7, 365 days a year, whatever the weather. We pay for all our own equipment and fuel, and expect nothing in return so we’re thrilled to be recognised like this, it’s a huge boost for the team.”

WILSAR have been operating for over 13 years and in 2011 received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

For more information about WILSAR including details of callouts, fundraising and other news, visit www.wilsar.org.uk or contact our Public Relations Officer at pr@wilsar.org.uk

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