A special sergeant who is remarkable in a crisis and a new cadet unit who have made an excellent contribution to their town were among those commended for their work at the third annual Volunteers in Policing Awards.
More than 500 volunteers and guests attended the event to see 18 awards being given out and scores of people applauded for their time and commitment.
The event was held at the King Power Stadium yesterday evening (Wednesday 7 June) to recognise the effort of the hundreds of people who volunteer for Leicestershire Police as specials, cadets, chaplains and police support volunteers.
Chief Constable Simon Cole attended the evening and said: “The support that local communities receive from our volunteers, special constables, chaplains and cadets is simply amazing!
“I was very proud to be able to join the Lord Lieutenant, Police and Crime Commissioner, Under Sheriffs and sponsors at Leicester City Football Club to say ‘thank you’. We have over 800 people who volunteer to support our communities; they contributed 114,000 hours in the last 12 months, which is fantastic.”
Special Sergeant Lyndsey Mee, a secondary school teacher from Braunstone, was among the award recipients and picked up Police Mutual’s Outstanding Special of the Year Award. Her fellow officers praised her calmness and courage in confrontational situations, and said she has integrated herself well at Wigston Police Station.
Delighted with her award, she said: “I am incredibly proud to have won Special of the Year. It is an honour to stand shoulder to shoulder with specials, our regular colleagues and other volunteers, as one team. I massively enjoy my work with the Special Constabulary, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to try something new.”
Jordan Brown, 18, joined the force 3 years ago as a Volunteer Police Cadet. After completing the cadet programme he joined as a Police Support Volunteer and a Cadet Leader, and now he is about to embark on a new career as a PCSO.
He was thrilled to be awarded City Watch’s PSV of the Year and said: “I’m really pleased to have won this award and it was a huge honour to accept it. I love the variety of work I do volunteering for the force, and hope to continue as a PSV when I start working as a PCSO.”
In September 2016 the force opened its first Volunteer Police Cadet Unit in Melton Mowbray. Since then, the cadets have helped out at events including Remembrance Day and the Christmas lights switch on, where members of the public have commented on their welcome addition to the town.
They were thrilled to receive UNISON’s Cadet Unit of the Year Award with their Cadet Leader, PCSO Ollie Wood. Ollie said: “Melton cadets are a fantastic group of young people to work with, and I’m so proud of them for winning this award. Having such a dedicated, charming and strong cadet unit adds a meaningful resilience to the town, and inspires public confidence in Leicestershire Police.”
Lord Willy Bach, Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Policing volunteers are highly-valued members of our policing family and in whatever way they support the police, I’m constantly impressed by their commitment. They give tirelessly of their time and skills to help us improve the services provided to the public. I’m immensely proud of them and thank them all.”
The awards coincided with National Volunteers’ week, an annual celebration of volunteers across the country that takes pride in highlighting the excellent work they undertake and their contribution to communities.
The winners on the night were:
• No 1 Copperpot PSV Outstanding Leadership Award – Julie Clark
• The Everard Foundation SPC Outstanding Leadership Award – Lee Bennett
• The Cooperative VPC Leader of the year Award – Andrew Dunmore
• Leicester Riders PSV Innovation Award – Jeremy Collingridge
• The Superintendents Association SPC Innovation Award – Sam Watson
• The International Police Association Most Improved Volunteer Police Cadet – Vivek Joshi
• LPF Medical Scheme Trust PSV Special Recognition Award – Gillian Becken
• The Leicestershire Police Federation SPC Special Recognition Award – Adam Ahmed
• The Royal Society of Saint George Community Service Award – Victoria Delahunt
• PCC PSV Community Engagement Award – Susan Marlow
• PCC SPC Community Engagement Award – Iliya Zarac
• UNISON Volunteer Police Cadet Unit of the year Award – Melton Cadet Unit
• ASCCO SPC Outstanding Team Performance Award – East Leicester Op Wings Team
• City Watch PSV Outstanding Team Performance Award – Leicestershire Search and Rescue Team
• City Watch Outstanding PSV of the year Award – Jordan Brown
• LCFC Community Trust Outstanding VPC Award – Oliver Platts
• PMAS Outstanding SPC of the year Award – Lyndsey Mee
• DMU Lifetime Achievement Award – Jeremy Collingridge
Thank-you to all of our event partners
• No.1 Copperpot
• The Everard Foundation
• The Cooperative
• Leicester Riders
• The Superintendents Association
• International Police Association
• LPF Medical Scheme
• The Leicestershire Police Federation
• The Royal Society of Saint George
• City Watch
• Leicester City Football Club
• De Montfort University
Source:: Leicestershire Police News