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Volunteer police officer recognised in Queen’s New Year’s Honours list

Volunteer police officer recognised in Queen’s New Year’s Honours list
One of our longest serving volunteer police officers has been recognised with a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Special Superintendent Howard Rayner has been recognised for his services to policing. Howard has volunteered his time as a Special Constable with us for more than 30 years and has been praised by Specials across the county who are proud to hear the news.

Business owner Howard has risen through the ranks in the Special Constabulary and is known for going above and beyond to help other Specials succeed in their roles.

This year, Howard has volunteered more than 530 hours with us and has already booked himself on several duties for 2019.

Superintendent Simon Anslow, Head of the Special Constabulary said: “I’m very proud to discover that Howard has received the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list. He’s given us more than 30 years of voluntary service on top of running his own business. He’s a remarkable man and is getting a well-deserved award.”

Special Superintendent Howard Rayner said: “After 35 years with Essex Police I have seen many changes within the force and I am sure there will be many more to come.
"To be honoured with this award has really made my time as a member of Essex Police Special Constabulary all worthwhile. I would like to thank all of those involved with my nomination.”
Howard is a volunteer police officer with full policing powers and the same uniform as paid police officers. He gives his time to keep his local community safe, could you? Apply online today at

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