Key support for the Trust is provided by The Friends of South West Police Heritage Trust (FSWPHT), which have an ex-officio presence on the Board of Trustees. The Friends are a constituted voluntary organisation who have, in the period leading up to the establishment of the Trust, acted as an independent voice for the Collection. They have provided valuable assistance by giving talks, attending community events, volunteering and fundraising to assist in the ongoing care and conservation of the Collection. This valuable contribution continues – and the Trust is working to maintain and develop that relationship for the future, providing another area of responsibility for the Trustees.
Membership of the Friends of South West Police Heritage Trust is only £5 a year, and can be set up via an easy to use online membership portal (or done by via post by cheque). Find out more here.
The Friends of South West Police Heritage Trust was formed in May 2011 in order to support the fine historic collections of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and the work of the Curator. It is a small charity recognised as charitable by HMRC for tax purposes. There are approximately 60 members, largely made up of ex-police and history enthusiasts, and there is a great deal of cross-over with the collection volunteers. The Friends own a Heritage Van (gifted from the Force) which they use to take the handling collection to schools, groups and events. In 2016 this included attendance at Barnstaple, Plymouth, Cornwall and Exeter Blue Light days, South Zeal Fayre and St. Leonard’s Primary School in Exeter.