Examples of best of police volunteers sought for 25th Lord Ferrers Awards
Nominations are now open for awards recognising for the exceptional dedication of volunteers in the police service.
The Government has begun accepting submissions for the 2018 Lord Ferrers Awards, which honour the work of special constables, volunteer cadets and others who willingly donate their free time to policing.
The awards, now in their 25th year, will be presented at a ceremony in October – with a new category recognising the contribution of volunteers in the offices of police and crime commissioners.
More than 600 nominations were submitted to the 2017 Lord Ferrers Awards, and 42 candidates were shortlisted.
Winners included a police puppy breeding scheme in the West Midlands, a volunteer-led joint response unit in South Wales and a group of cadets who organised a residential camp for people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
The window for nominations will close at midnight on July 22.
Policing and Fire Minister Nick Hurd said: “The Lord Ferrers Awards is an important occasion where we can recognise the selfless commitment demonstrated by volunteers in policing.
“British policing is the envy of the world, and volunteers play a crucial role in keeping it that way by strengthening links with communities.
“I hope police officers and staff will put forward volunteers they work alongside, and that members of the public will take this opportunity to nominate volunteers in policing who have had an impact on their lives.”