Nominations are open for the 26th Lord Ferrers Awards, which celebrate the exceptional achievements of volunteers in policing.
The annual awards recognise the commitment and dedication shown by special constables, police support volunteers, volunteer police cadets and volunteers within offices of Police and Crime Commissioners.
There are individual and team awards across ten categories. Last year, more than 700 nominations were submitted and 53 outstanding candidates were shortlisted.
Last year’s winners included:
- The Unmanned Aerial Support Group in Wiltshire Police – the only drone team in the UK run completely by volunteers. They used drones to support searches for missing people, air crashes and crowd disorder
- Tameside Special Constables in Greater Manchester Police, who successfully tackled cases involving the sexual exploitation of children
- Sally Mack, a police support volunteer in Norfolk who has been reaching out to witnesses of fatal road collisions, providing specialised and ongoing support
Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said, “The Lord Ferrers Awards are an opportunity to recognise the contribution policing volunteers make to keep our country safe.
“They all make a real difference, strengthening the links between the police and their communities, and bringing skills and experience from outside policing.
“For the police officers and staff who have worked with volunteers, and for the members of the public who have been supported by police volunteers – now is your chance to nominate those who deserve to be recognised for the important work they do.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson said,“I am very supportive of recognising the hard work and dedication that our volunteers offer in support of policing in Wiltshire.
“Policing and public safety is the duty of us all, and we’re very lucky in Wiltshire to have so many volunteers that give their time to support our policing family, and make a difference in their local communities.
“We now need people to nominate those volunteers who stand out from the crowd, so they can be put forward for the national awards.”
The awards were previously known as the Special Constable and Police Support Volunteer Awards. They were created in 1993 by former Home Office minister Lord Ferrers and were renamed in his memory in 2013.
An awards ceremony for winners will take place in October 2019. Awards have previously been presented by Home Office Ministers, Chief Constables and other senior policing figures.
Nominations opened on Wednesday 5 June and close at midnight on Monday 15 July.
Nominations can be submitted via this online form: http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/lord-ferrers-awards-2019