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Nominate a police volunteer for a Lord Ferrers Award

Merseyside / June 26

Nominations are now being accepted for the 25th 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 (see below). Last year, over 600 nominations were submitted, and 42 outstanding candidates were shortlisted.

Last year's winners included:

  • A puppy breeding scheme for police dogs in West Midlands, run by police support volunteers
  • A special constable who set up a Joint Response Unit in South Wales to coordinate police and ambulance response to incidents
  • A group of volunteer police cadets from Kensington and Chelsea who organised a residential camp in the Isle of Wight for young people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: "The Lord Ferrers Awards is an important occasion where we can recognise the selfless commitment demonstrated by volunteers in policing.

"British policing is the envy of the world, and volunteers play a crucial role in keeping it that way by strengthening links with communities. 

"I hope police officers and staff will put forward volunteers they work alongside, and that members of the public will take this opportunity to nominate volunteers in policing who have had an impact on their lives."

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 2018. Awards have previously been presented by Home Office Ministers, Chief Constables and other senior policing figures.  

Nominations open on Thursday 7 June and close at midnight on Sunday 22 July. Nominations can be submitted via this online form: http://www.homeofficesurveys.homeoffice.gov.uk/s/lordferrersawards2018

Below are the ten categories. Individuals can make more than one application but the Home Office cannot accept self-nominations from individuals or teams. The Home Office also will not shortlist nominations where long service, extra hours or bravery are the sole case for nomination as these achievements are recognised by other national awards.

  1. Ferrers Special Constabulary – Individual Award: Open to individual Special Constables who have demonstrated a sustained and significant contribution to policing in their local communities.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Volunteer Police Cadet – Individual Award: Open to individual Volunteer Police Cadets who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.
  6. Volunteer Police Cadet – Team Award: Open to teams of Volunteer Police Cadets who have worked together to make a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.
  7. 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.
  8. Leadership Award: Open to individual Special Constables who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to leadership.
  9. 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 IT and technology to support policing. 
  10. Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) Volunteer – Team or Individual: Open to OPCC volunteers who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution.

To follow the progress of who is shortlisted and who ultimately wins, look for #LordFerrersAwards on Twitter or follow @UKhomeoffice