Northumbria Police pay tribute to hard work of retired officer and special constable for National Volunteers’ Week

Northumbria Police have been shining a light on their dedicated volunteers as part of a week-long celebration in honour of their incredible work.

And the force is today – Saturday, June 6 – recognising the contribution of former Pc Jon Gray, who was back in his police uniform just 48 hours into his retirement to become a special constable.

Police forces across the country are paying tribute to community heroes like Jon – who has been volunteering for around 20 hours a week on average – as part of Specials Weekend.

Jon left Northumbria Police in 2008 after 30 years of service, but was soon back on the beat as a special constable supporting local communities.

Jon joined Northumbria Police in 1978 and was stationed in Sunderland and Gateshead before making the move to rural Northumberland.

Joining the force in 1978, John was stationed in Sunderland and Gateshead before moving on to Northumberland.

Jon said: “Having been posted in Ponteland since 1990 I do this duty out of a sense of loyalty to the service and the area.

“I’m proud to continue to serve the community of Ponteland, which I know and love very much.”

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He added: “While I am now slowing down, I assist full-time officers in a supporting way and I always have time to help new recruits.

“I still very much want to serve the local area.”

Jon also gives up his time to volunteer in the 102nd Battalion, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Reserves Pipe Band.

He is also a patron of the Zoological Society of Scotland, having been involved with their work for more than 25 years.

Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt, Northumbria Police’s Lead for Volunteers, has paid tribute to Jon and all other volunteers across the force.

She added: “I would like to thank all the volunteers who selflessly give up their time and ultimately help us to provide the very best service we can.

“This thanks is extended to their families and employers who support them in being able to volunteer with us – this is a big commitment for all involved and is very much appreciated.

“Our volunteers truly make a difference and should be proud of the contributions they make to the communities they serve.”

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