Nominations open for awards celebrating police volunteers
Each year the Home Office is pleased to host the Lord Ferrers Awards for volunteering in policing, to highlight the vital role volunteers play.
Through giving up their free time, volunteers make communities safer and enhance the effectiveness of policing across England and Wales.
This year the public are invited to nominate inspiring police volunteers for the first time in the event’s 23-year history.
Lord Ferrers Awards recognise the outstanding contribution to local policing in England and Wales made by individuals and teams across three different kinds of police volunteer roles - Special Constables, Volunteer Police Cadets and Police Support Volunteers.
The awards are a chance for people in Wiltshire to celebrate the achievements of police volunteers across the region and to nominate anyone who they think deserves special recognition.
Mike Penning, Minister for Policing, Fire, Criminal Justice and Victims, said: “Police volunteers across the country play a vital role in the communities that they serve. Every day they make a selfless contribution to tackling crime and keeping our streets safe.
“The Lord Ferrers Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate their achievements.
“I urge members of the public to get involved and nominate police volunteers who they think have made an outstanding contribution to their communities for an award.”
Special Inspector Guy Sanders from the Devizes Specials Team who won an award in 2014 for their work with local youngsters around tackling antisocial behaviour through organising social events said: "The disco that ran in Devizes was an excellent collaboration between the Special Constabulary and the PCSO's of Devizes. It enabled us to engage with the some of the youth of Devizes and surrounding areas in a very positive way. It showed them that the Police were approachable and not always serious.
"It also helped on several occasions where we were sent to jobs involving some of the young people we knew and they were very happy to engage with us and spoke openly. The work of volunteer police is hugely important and it is great that the Lord Ferrers awards recognise this."
Members of the public have from midnight 30 June until 17 July to make nominations, by visiting www.gov.uk/government/news/nominations-now-open-for-the-lord-ferrers-awards-2016
The award ceremony will take place in Central London in September 2016. Winners will be presented with their awards by Home Office Ministers, senior officials and Chief Police Officers.
The eight categories are:
- Special Constabulary – Individual Award: Celebrating Special Constables who have demonstrated a sustained and significant contribution to policing in their local communities.
- Special Constabulary – Team Award: Recognising teams of Special Constables who have demonstrated a sustained and significant contribution to policing in their local communities.
- Police Support Volunteer – Individual Award: Celebrating Police Support Volunteers who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.
- Police Support Volunteer – Team Award: Recognising teams who have worked together to make a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.
- Volunteer Police Cadet – Individual Award: Celebrating individual Volunteer Police Cadets who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.
- Volunteer Police Cadet – Team Award: Open to teams who have worked together to make a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.
- Employer Supported Policing Award: Open to individuals and teams of employees who support their local police force through volunteering. The award recognises the contribution of both volunteers and their employers and will now be open to those accredited under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme.
- Leadership Award: Open to individual Special Constables who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to leadership.
Nominations close Sunday 17 July 2016