HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and the Assistant Chief Constable thank Hampshire Search and Rescue on their 500th call-out

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and the Assistant Chief Constable thank Hampshire Search and Rescue on their 500th call-out

Searching woodland in low light

On Saturday 15th October 2016, HANTSAR were deployed to their 500th call-out. 

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq, said, I was delighted to recently receive an update from Hampshire Search & Rescue and, as always, I am very impressed with the commitment the volunteers give to the local community in Hampshire. The charity was awarded the very prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2011 and since that time they have continued to support Hampshire Constabulary in the search for vulnerable missing persons.’

David Hardcastle, Assistant Chief Constable, saidCollaboration has become an increasingly important part of delivering an effective police service. Hampshire Constabulary’s collaboration with HANTSAR is a prime example of where the dedication of highly trained volunteers working alongside the police saves lives. Reaching 500 callouts is testament to how vital their role is to us and the public we all serve. Thank you HANTSAR, we truly appreciate the support you give.’

Tony Privett, HANTSAR Chairman said ‘We are extremely proud of all our volunteers, past and present, who have attended on 500 occasions to assist the police to search for vulnerable missing people. The commitment shown by our volunteers is amazing especially when you consider, as well as attending searches day or night, in sunshine, rain or snow and anywhere in Hampshire, they also fund all their own costs for travel and equipment. I would like to take the opportunity at this 500th milestone to thank all our current and previous members for their dedication to helping the people of Hampshire.’

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