It is our pleasure to congratulate the recipient of the SA Police Commissioner’s Volunteer of the Year Award for 2020. Congratulations Margaret Jaensch – one of our valued Neighbourhood Watch SA members.
Margaret was presented with the award by Deputy Commissioner Linda Williams at a ceremony on Friday, ahead of International Volunteers Day on Saturday, December 5.
Margaret has been a dedicated volunteer with SA Police for many years and in many roles, with over 500 hours of recorded volunteer service with SA Police. She has served on the Tailem Bend Blue Light committee for 11 years and as the Tailem Bend Blue Light Treasurer for 8 years, as well as volunteering with her local Tailem Bend Neighbourhood Watch group for 10 years and serving as the group's Public Officer for at least 5 of those years.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Margaret as a truly worthy recipient of this award, and we thank her for her many years of volunteering service with SA Police.
Each year SA Police members are invited to nominate volunteers from across the organisation who demonstrate personal qualities consistent with the Police Volunteer Program (PVP) Code of Conduct and role statements including good communication skills, outgoing personality and the ability to work harmoniously with others while demonstrating reliability and honesty.
SA Police established the Police Volunteer Program in 2010 and these days the program has in excess of 1000 authorised volunteers. SA Police has a long and proud history of engaging volunteers and is currently supported by volunteers in countless different volunteer roles and programs across the state, including Neighbourhood Watch SA, Blue Light, Police Historical Society and Police Chaplaincy, Pipes and Drums and combined emergency events. SA Police Volunteers also provide additional support in roles including public relations, Road Safety Centre and role players for recruits, CIB courses, ComCen, Call Centre and Mounted Operations Unit for public order training.
Volunteers contribute thousands of hours each year to support SA Police. For many volunteers the training and engagement often provides them with unique skills and experiences to assist them in gaining paid employment. In addition to providing valuable service, 80 former volunteers have gained paid employment with SA Police in areas such as the Call Centre, Police Security Services Branch and as police officers.
International Volunteers Day is an annual opportunity for volunteers and organisations to raise awareness and gain recognition for the contribution that volunteers make to their communities, and a perfect opportunity for Neighbourhood Watch SA and SA Police to acknowledge the help and support provided by our volunteers and to say "thank you" for their valuable contributions.
If you’re interested in volunteering with SA Police or just want to learn more about the Police Volunteer Program, visit the SA Police website.