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For the first time, public will be allowed to nominate outstanding police volunteers, reports Asian Lite

The countdown to the 2016 Lord Ferrers Awards has begun – and 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 made by individuals and teams across three different kinds of police volunteer roles – Special Constables, Volunteer Police Cadets and Police Support Volunteers.Police Officers Met

The awards are a chance to celebrate the achievements of police volunteers across England and Wales and members of the public and police forces can now 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.”

Special Inspector John Power, of Bedfordshire Police, received the Special Award for Achievement through Adversity in 2015. Special Inspector Power overcame Cystic Fibrosis and a double lung transplant to become the UK’s first ever Special Constable dog handler. Power said, “Awards like this are vital, because they are a chance to honour the volunteers who give up their time to support front line policing across the UK. I would not have got this far without the support of my managers at Bedfordshire Police, and I’m extremely grateful for their support.”

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.