The awards, previously known as the Special Constable and Police Support Volunteer Awards, highlight the vital role volunteers play in support of policing. For the first time, the Home Office is inviting nominations from the public, so that more people can recognise the contributions of police cadets, police service volunteers and specials in the community.
“Many people outside of the police family don’t realise how much is done by our hard-working volunteers,” said PCC Kathryn Holloway.
“We not only have Special Constables out on the frontline, but we are also supported by our lesser-seen police service volunteers, who help with admin at police stations, and our police cadets, who support us through community and crime prevention events.
“Many of our volunteers contribute a huge amount of their spare time, liaising with members of the community and helping Bedfordshire Police to protect the public and fight crime. I’m asking for the people of Bedfordshire to tell me their stories of exceptional police volunteers, so that we can put them forward for this prestigious award.”
In 2015, Bedfordshire’s Special Constable John Power won the Lord Ferrers Award, after becoming the UK’s first Special Constable Dog Handler following a battle with Cystic Fibrosis and a successful double lung transplant. John, accompanied by Police Dog Charlie, received the Special Constable Overcoming Adversity award from the Home Secretary Theresa May.
The awards were created by a previous Home Office minister, Lord Ferrers, and were first held in 1993. They have been renamed in memory of Lord Ferrers, who died on 13 November 2012.
For more information, please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01234 842872.