Home Secretary honours outstanding police volunteers

Volunteers who made outstanding contributions to rural communities, helped individuals in mental health crises and supported the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire have been recognised at an awards ceremony in London.

Nov 28, 2017

Volunteers who made outstanding contributions to rural communities, helped individuals in mental health crises and supported the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire have been recognised at an awards ceremony in London. Home Secretary Amber Rudd presented the Lord Ferrers Awards to special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets on Tuesday (November 28). Nine awards were given following an impressive 600 nominations, double the number of nominees in 2016. The winners include Gareth Owen from Gwent Police who received the Special Constabulary Individual Award for his collaborative work with the Welsh Ambulance Service to create a Joint Response Unit, allowing quicker and more efficient responses to patients` needs. Street Triage Team, Essex Police received the Special Constabulary Team award. This team of Special Constables with experience from the health and social care sector was created to help those in mental health crises. Andrea Philips, Merseyside Police, received the Police Support Volunteer Individual Award having saved the force bringing in forensic accountants by using her expertise to investigate serious organised criminals and fraudsters. She helped Merseyside Police`s Economic Crime Team to be one of the top three performers in financial investigations and cash seizure. Following the Grenfell Tower fire, a team of Metropolitan Police Service volunteer cadets in Kensington and Chelsea organised fundraising events and vigils for the victims. They also organised a residential camping trip to the Isle of Wight for young people affected by the tragedy. Their work in helping young victims express the impact the tragedy had not only earned them the Volunteer Police Cadet Team Award but also helped recruit local children. West Midlands team of volunteers was rewarded for its puppy training scheme; enabling a dog unit to offer a response to firearms, drugs and bomb threats 24-hours a day. Hassan Khan, Greater Manchester Police, won the award for Individual Volunteer Cadet for mentoring and educating cadets about tolerance and integration in inner city Manchester. Trafford Council, Greater Manchester, gave ten days extra paid holiday for staff to volunteer for police duties or training, and was presented with the Employer Supported Policing Award. Andrew Turner, from Devon and Cornwall Police, was given the Association of Special Constable Chief Officers Leadership Award for his work in rural crime. This involved increasing engagement with police, helping to reduce suicides among farmers and enhancing visibility for those who felt isolated. Community Speedwatch Online, Sussex Police, won the Technical Innovation Award for its internet-application and web-platform designed to manage all aspects of Community Speedwatch activity. Home Secretary Amber Rudd (centre) with winners of the Lord Ferrers Awards “Policing volunteers across the country play a fundamental role in what is widely recognised as one of the best police forces in the world,” Ms Rudd said. “The contribution all of this year’s nominees have made in keeping their communities safe is testament to the wonderful spirit of volunteering that exists in this country. “I want to thank every winner, runner-up and nominee for all that you do as we celebrate your true dedication and professionalism to policing.” The award comes less than a month before new legislation provides additional powers to police volunteers at the discretion of police chief officers, depending on demand and need – to free up regular officers to focus on more core issues. The Home Secretary also made the announcement that from next year the Lord Ferrers Awards will also be open to volunteers in the offices of police and crime commissioners.

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