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Volunteers praised for helping to cut crime

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Inspirational volunteers who have helped the police have been thanked.

Volunteers who have helped police reduce the number of fatal car crashes, tackle hate crime, use technology to track down criminals and reduce anti-social behaviour were honoured for their work at an award ceremony in London.

Home Secretary Theresa May said:

Special Constables and police volunteers make a huge contribution to local policing sharing their time, talent and skills for the benefit of their community.

Everyone has a role to play in keeping our neighbourhoods safe. Crime has fallen by more than 10% under this government and the ingenuity and sheer hard work of the police and local residents, such as those receiving awards today, will help us continue that downward trend.

College of Policing Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Chief Constable Rob Beckley said:

The achievements we celebrate today show how special constables and police support volunteers can add significant value to policing. Their dedicated efforts alongside regular officers and staff to improve local communities are inspiring.

The College will work closely with the police service to ensure special constables and police support volunteers continue to be a vital part of policing.

Watch the winning stories

Denise Rogers

Denise Rogers helped Cheshire Police reduce the number of fatal traffic collisions involving 16-25 year olds by talking to over 10,000 young people about the dangers of irresponsible driving.

Denise Rogers

Rachel McNally

Rachel McNally helped reduce the number of incidents of violent and antisocial behaviour at the Salford Royal Hospital.

Rachel McNally

Daniel Kempf

Daniel Kempf helped improve relationships between the local police and the Polish community in Darlington. He set up a series of beat meetings specifically for the Polish community and worked closely with the force to improve understanding of Polish culture.

Daniel Kempf

Bill Appleby

Bill Appleby has helped recruit over 200 new volunteers to Durham Police.

Bill Appleby

Inspirational awards

The Ferrers Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of police special constables and police support volunteers. The 2013 ceremony will be the 20th awards, renamed this year in honour of the late Lord Ferrers, former Home Office minister and founder of the awards, who died last November.

Winners were selected by representatives from the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Police Federation of England and Wales, the Superintendents’ Federation, the College of Policing and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

Lord Taylor of Holbeach and the winners of the Lord Ferrers Awards
Ferrers Award winner Daniel Kempf (front), Lord Taylor of Holbeach (middle), College of Policing Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Chief Constable Rob Beckley (rear)

The winners and runners up are:

Ferrers Trophy:

Winner:Daniel Kempf, Durham

Runner up:Rachel McNally, Manchester

Runner up:Ewa Labeda, Cheshire

Ferrers Team Award:

Winner: Operation Responder, South Yorkshire

Runner up: Campus Watch Specials Team, Lancashire

Police Volunteer Award:

Winner: Denise Rogers, Cheshire

Runner up: Hilary Short, West Yorkshire

Runner up: Joe Kenny, Warwickshire

Police Volunteer Award:

Joint Winner: Eggborough Front Office Volunteer Team, North Yorkshire

Joint Winner: Blaby and District Police Support Volunteers, Leicestershire

Special Achievement in Recruitment and Retention Award:

Winner: Ian Riley, Gwent

Runner up: North Yorkshire Recruitment and Retention Team

Achievement in Recruitment and Retention Award (PSVs)

Winner: William Appleby, Durham

Runner up: Carol Barrs, Staffordshire

Employer Supported Policing Award

Winner: South Yorkshire Police Transport Specials

Runner up: Greater Manchester Travel Safe Scheme

See pictures of all the nominees