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Thursday 22 October 2015, 3:42 PM

Gloucestershire Constabulary were winners in the SW Region Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteer Awards 2015.

The awards, hosted by Devon and Cornwall Police at Exeter Golf and Country Club, brought together nominees and representatives from the regional Police Forces of Avon and Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, British Transport Police and Devon and Cornwall.

Four awards were presented including Police Support Volunteer of the Year, Special Constable of the Year, Police Support Volunteer Team of the Year and the Arthur Ellis Memorial Trophy for the Special Constabulary Team of the Year, showcasing a fantastic range of hard working volunteers from across the south west region.

Many congratulations to Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Restorative Justice Volunteers who won Police Support Volunteer Team of the Year and Gloucestershire’s Road Safety Education and Enforcement Team who were Highly Commended in the Arthur Ellis Memorial Trophy section.

Awards to other forces included:

The Special Constable of the Year award went to Richard King of Dorset Police.  Police Support Volunteer of the Year award also went to Dorset for Emma’s work on North Dorset Horse Watch.  Devon and Cornwall’s Special Constabulary Rural Engagement Team were awarded the Arthur Ellis Memorial Trophy.

Becky Beard - Manager, Restorative Justice Gloucestershire said: ‘The team is thrilled with this award.  Gloucestershire is at the national forefront of developing restorative justice which is a key element of the Police and Crime Plan.  We have developed excellent relationships with local partners who help us and our local policing teams have received training in how to work with victims in order to resolve conflict restoratively.’ 

Chief Inspector Steve Lindsay MBE, operational lead for  Gloucestershire’s Special Constabulary said: “I’m very proud of the great team of Officers that we have in Gloucestershire who are dedicated to doing the best they can for our local communities across the county.  Special Constables play a vital role in supporting colleagues across the Force giving hundreds of hours each year on a voluntary basis helping to keep people safe in their homes and on the road.  It’s important that their contribution is recognised and celebrated in this way.”

Information on how to become a Special Constable can be found at www.gloucestershire.police.uk

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