Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is urging local residents to recognise the tremendous contribution from police volunteers by nominating someone for an Award.
The Home Office is inviting nominations for a Lord Ferrers Award which recognise the work of Police Support Volunteers, Cadets and Special Constables.
Last year, across the county, Nottinghamshire Police volunteers gave over 73,724 hours to help keep the local communities. Volunteers carry out a huge range of different tasks, bringing new skills and additional capacity to the force. Volunteers supporting the Commissioner’s Office, such as Independent Custody Visitors and Mystery Shoppers, gave a further 794 hours.
Paddy Tipping said: “These Awards provide a great opportunity to thank the people who have made a real difference to community safety by giving their time to support the force or my own office.
“Some of them are unsung heroes, some of them will have helped people in times of crisis, some of them will be familiar faces in the community.
“Every day special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets make a huge contribution to tackling crime and supporting their local police force. This should not go unnoticed.
“So, if someone has particularly impressed you please put their name forward.”
Anyone can nominate a special constable, police support volunteer or volunteer police cadet for an individual or team award, and nominations are open until midnight on Sunday 17 September.
Nominations are submitted via an online form, which you can access from the Home Office’s website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/lord-ferrers-awards-2017
This year, the award categories are:
- Ferrers Special Constabulary – Individual Award: Celebrating Special Constables who have demonstrated a sustained and significant contribution to policing in their local communities
- Ferrers Special Constabulary – Team Award (Sponsored by Police Mutual): 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 (Sponsored by ASCCO): Open to individual Special Constables who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to leadership
- A new category for Technical Innovation Award this year – Team or Individual: Open to Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers or Volunteer Police Cadets. The award recognises the contribution volunteers can bring to using IT and technology to support policing, to encourage recognition of ‘cyber specials’ and those volunteers using technology creatively
Policing and Fire Minister, Nick Hurd, said: “Policing has a long and proud history of volunteers and the Lord Ferrers Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate their achievements.
“Every day special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets make a selfless contribution to tackling crime and supporting police forces.
“I urge police officers and members of the public to nominate police volunteers who they think have made an outstanding contribution to their communities for an award.”
Last year 296 almost 300 nominations were submitted by police forces across England and Wales, and for the first time, members of the public could also recommend volunteers for their service, 43 exceptional candidates were shortlisted.
The award ceremony, sponsored by Police Mutual, will take place in Central London in November 2017. Winners will be presented with their awards by Home Officer Ministers, senior officials and Chief Police Officers.
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Posted on Thursday 31st August 2017