Policing and Fire Minister Nick Hurd have launched the 24th annual Lord Ferrers Awards to recognise the outstanding contribution of special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets.

This year a new category has been introduced for Technical Innovation, to encourage recognition of ‘cyber’ specials’ and those volunteers using technology creatively to combat the changing nature of crime.

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.

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.”

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.

Members of the public have from 18 August until midnight on Sunday 17 September to make nominations. Nominations can be made via this link: http://www.homeofficesurveys.homeoffice.gov.uk/s/FerrersAwardsNomination


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