Dedication of volunteer police officers recognised at awards ceremony
The dedication of Essex Police’s volunteer police officers has
been recognised at an annual awards ceremony.
Certificates and awards were presented to members of the Special
Constabulary who have shown outstanding commitment and reached
significant milestones in their length of service at a ceremony on
Saturday, October 1, 2011.
Those recently promoted to the rank of Special Sergeant and
Special Inspector were also presented certificates at the ceremony
at Essex Police Headquarters.
Amongst the winners were Peter Foley who works in South Ockendon.
He received the Salter Cup for completing 1543 hours of duty - the
greatest number completed by any Special Constable or Special
Sergeant between April 2010 and March 2011.
Rebecca Jenkins, who works in Laindon, was presented the Norman
Dooley Trophy for showing exceptional skill, courage and
determination in dealing with a situation.
Rebecca had been returning from a training session at Essex
Police Headquarters in Chelmsford when she came across a road
collision on the A127 involving two vehicles, both of which were
carrying young children.
She remained at the scene, keeping the children and their
parents calm until paramedics and road policing officers
The final award of the day, the Chief Officers’ Award, went to
Jeanette Rose who was judged to have best represented and promoted
the Special Constabulary.
Jeanette, who works in Shrub End, Colchester, supports her
regular colleagues by taking witness statements and runs training
sessions in statement taking for new special constables.
She is described by colleagues as ‘a reliable, diligent and
consummate professional’ as well as ‘an unsung hero’.
Derek Hopkins, Temporary Chief Officer of Essex Police Special
Constabulary, said: “Saturday’s event recognised the tremendous
contribution made by all volunteer Special Constables to the
policing of the communities of Essex and highlighted some truly
“The range of awards recognise those who have given an amazing
amount of time in the last year, those who have gone above and
beyond, those who have passed significant milestones in terms of
length of service and those who have shown themselves willing and
able to take on the additional responsibilities of promotion.
“As we face the challenges of our changing society I am
confident that Essex Police Special Constabulary can continue to
deliver a first class service.”
Members of the Special Constabulary are men and women of all
ages and from all walks of life who give up their free time to work
with the police to improve the communities in which they live and
They are a key part of the Essex Police family and have full
police powers, uniforms and equipment.