Gloucestershire Constabulary is pleased to have recently held two events which celebrated members of staff and Animals in Policing.
The Long Service and Good Conduct awards for both 2020 and 2021 were held last Monday (5 September and Wednesday (9 September) to celebrate police officers who have displayed good conduct or a long and dedicated service.
Both ceremonies were held in the same week as coronavirus restrictions last year meant the 2020 event could not go ahead.
Special Constabulary Long Service medals were awarded to those who have volunteered for more than nine years. A number of Special Constables also received Long Service certificates for service after five, 10, 15, 25 and 35 years.
The High Sheriff of Gloucestershire Jane Tufnell and Chief Constable Rod Hansen attended both events whilst the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Edward Gillespie OBE and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Evans attended the 2020 ceremony.
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Roger Head OBE and newly appointed Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Nelson attended the 2021 ceremony.
As well as this, the very first Animals in Policing Recognition Ceremony took place last Friday (10 September) and was an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the contributions made by the police animal family and to present awards to the animals who have recently retired.
Each retiring animal was given the Animals in Policing Recognition medal which was commissioned by our Chief Constable through the national K9 Memorial.
Medals were presented to both Police Dog Holly's, Police Dog Lacey, Police Dog Monty, Police Dog Ella (pictured with her handler Deb Shields and Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden), Police Dog Daniel and Police Horse Boris.
In addition, Special Recognition awards were presented to PC Counsell and Police Dog Airin for their dedication, professionalism and perseverance during a search for a missing person in extremely adverse weather conditions.
PC Walker and Police Horse Teddington were awarded for outstanding work during an incident where they gave chase to a vehicle and its occupants even after the driver of the vehicle had driven towards them both at speed.