Last night at Guildford Cathedral’s refectory Special Constables from across Surrey Police gathered to recognise bravery, hard work and achievements.
It was a chance to reflect on how much we the public owe to these volunteer, unpaid police officers.
Their chief officer James W Deller (@JWDeller) was recognised for 19 years volunteering. However this should be viewed in relation to the Bob Terry’s 29 years wearing the uniform of a Special Constable and rising through the ranks. (Yes TWENTY NINE years service – all voluntary).
The Runnymede Neighbourhood Specials were recognised as the Special Constable Team of the Year which was testament for the thousands of hours of toil and effort put in including the Olympics, executing warrants, helping at parades as well as on Drive Smart days and Red Shifts such as Halloween and New Years Eve. The competition for the trophy was fierce and yet the award was well deserved.
(Well I would say that!?)
To complete the evening Runnymede’s own Special Inspector Chris Chapman (@CIJC) and Special Sergeant Ken (Kevin?? LoL) Slade @Sladester100 were among a strong field nominated for Special Constable of the Year.
Chris was selected for this prestigious aware by his peers and the trophy was presented by Surrey PCC Kevin Hurley @(kvnbhrly1).
It was fabulous to see so many Special Constables there to share the event and for me to reflect on how much the Runnymede Neighbourhood Policing Team and the residents of the borough have to thank them all for.
So on our behalf here it is:
a big THANK YOU – Special Constabulary
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