Awards recognise special police volunteers
By Trucks79 | Friday, June 29, 2012, 22:00
Volunteers who pound the beat in South Gloucestershire were thanked for their contribution in a ceremony at Kingswood Civic Centre on Monday June 25 2012.
More than 70 people give up their spare time to work alongside police officers as special constables in South Gloucestershire.
At the event, Chief Superintendent Sarah Crew said: "As the officer responsible for policing in South Gloucestershire, thank you specials. I also want to thank your families. I am very conscious that specials do specials' work after their day job. This can only be achieved through the support, and sometimes sacrifice, of your families. Thank you. We could not deliver the service we do without you."
District Officer Jo Belcher was recognised for her 19 years' service with the Special Constabulary. In that time she has worked for the police in Kingswood, Cadbury Heath and Staple Hill and been key in the recruitment and training of new special constables.
SC Roland Lock was nominated by the officers he works alongside in the Chipping Sodbury and Thornbury neighbourhood policing teams for the 'Best Neighbourhood Special Constable' award.
He is described as 'keen and dedicated, with a wealth of experience and enthusiasm and a great sense of humour'.
SC Dominik Zalewski was nominated by his peers as 'Best New Special', having joined the team last year.
He was described as 'a highly valued member of the team … a joy to work with. He is always one of the first to arrive and one of the last to leave. He goes out of his way to help anybody … a credit to Avon and Somerset Police'.
SC Ian Bayley won the 'Special Constable Award', nominated by police officers based at The Mall.
His police colleagues say he is a very competent and capable officer with boundless enthusiasm. The team actively looks forward to working with him when he is on duty. He was described as 'always putting his colleague's welfare first'.
Ian has also volunteered with the Avon and Somerset Volunteer Police Cadets.
Area Officer John Wood, recently recognised with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, was awarded a District Commander's Commendation in recognition of his 42 years' service as a special in South Gloucestershire and now with the Road Policing Unit.
He was commended for his tutoring of new specials, work to tackle drink driving and organising fellow specials to police Remembrance Parades. He was described as having 'unflustered diligence and tenacity ... an example to us all, regular officers and specials alike'.
Eleven special constables were presented with Queen's Jubilee medals recognising their front-line policing role and five received recognition for reaching five years' service.