Nominate a police volunteer for a Lord Ferrers Award (7 June 2019)

Nominations are open for the 26th annual Lord Ferrers Awards, which celebrate the exceptional achievements of volunteers in policing.

The 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 10 categories. Last year, more than 700 nominations were submitted and 53 outstanding candidates were shortlisted.

Last year's winners included:

  • Volunteers from Victim Support West Yorkshire for their role in helping victims of the Manchester Attack. The volunteers provided support to 117 victims from West Yorkshire who were caught up in the incident in 2017.
  • The Unmanned Aerial Support Group in Wiltshire Police - the only drone team in the UK run completely by volunteers. They use 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.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "The awards highlight the vital role volunteers play in supporting and enhancing policing to help keep our communities safe and feeling safe.

"Our police volunteers do an amazing job, they sacrifice time with loved ones and other commitments to help their communities which is fantastic and something we all admire.

"Given its National Volunteers Week it's very timely to open the nominations. I would urge anyone who knows a police volunteer that goes above and beyond to ensure they nominate them."

Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams of West Yorkshire Police, said: "Volunteers can play a very important role in helping to keep our communities safe and carry out a number of important roles for the Force.

"They are often the 'unsung heroes' of policing and deserve the recognition for the vital contribution they make to West Yorkshire Police and policing in general."

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."

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 open on Wednesday 5 June and close at midnight on Monday 15 July.

Guidance for the nomination process can be found at: http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/lord-ferrers-awards-2019

Nominations can be submitted via this online form: https://www.homeofficesurveys.homeoffice.gov.uk/s/lordferrersawards2019

The award categories are:

  • Ferrers Special Constabulary - Individual Award: Open to individual Special Constables who have demonstrated a sustained and significant contribution to policing in their local communities.
  • Ferrers Special Constabulary - Team Award: Open to teams of Special Constables who have demonstrated a sustained and significant contribution to policing in their local communities.
  • Police Support Volunteer - Individual Award: Open to individual Police Support Volunteers who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.
  • Police Support Volunteer - Team Award: Open to Police Support Volunteer teams who have worked together to make a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.
  • Volunteer Police Cadet - Individual Award: Open to individual Volunteer Police Cadets who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to Youth Led Social Action in support of policing and/or their communities.
  • Volunteer Police Cadet - Team Award: Open to teams of Volunteer Police Cadets who have worked together to make a significant and sustained contribution to Youth Led Social Action in support of policing and/or their communities.
  • Employer Supported Policing Award: Open to organisations that support their employees to volunteer in policing. The award recognises the contribution of employers and includes those accredited under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme.
  • Leadership Award: Open to individual Special Constables who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to leadership.
  • Technical Innovation Award - Team or Individual: Open to Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers and Volunteer Police Cadets. The award recognises the contribution volunteers can bring to using technology to support policing.
  • Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) Volunteer - Team or Individual: Open to OPCC volunteers who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution.

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