A team of officers from Kent shared ‘Special Team of the Year’ honours with Sussex Police at the Regional Specials awards ceremony which was held at the Kent Police College in Maidstone on Saturday, 7 March 2015.
The event saw special officers from Kent, Thames Valley, Sussex, Hampshire and the British Transport Police, coming together to find out who had been awarded the regional Special Constable of the Year and Special Team of the Year. The nominations were put before a judging panel which included Sussex Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith and Chief Officer Gavin McKinnon from Kent Police.
The Special Team of the year was awarded jointly to Kent Police and Sussex Police. From Kent a team covering the West of the county were recognised for their efforts in tackling crime and nuisance behaviour in rural areas.
Special Constable Ken Baker, Special Sergeant Paul Martin supported by Special Chief Inspector Derek Moore were assigned to provide a visible policing presence in addition to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. The officers identified key times where their patrols would be most effective and over a 3-month period reported crime fell by over 50% in the areas they targeted.
Inspector Jason Wenlock said of the team: ‘It cannot be underestimated the effect the rural Specials team have had. Their presence has seen a sustained reduction in all crimes as well as offering reassurance to members of the public. The feedback received, not just by their presence but also their attitude and enthusiasm has been extremely positive and is a model that is now being replicated on other districts.
‘It is recognised that rural policing presents a number of different challenges, but the efforts of the rural team has shown that with limited resources, directed patrolling using all available information and engaging with the community can make a difference.
‘I commend the rural team for what they have achieved in such a short space of time; they are well deserved winners of this award.’
Special Officer of the year was awarded to Special Sergeant Dan Bell from Hampshire Constabulary he was recognised for the significant contribution he has made to policing locally and his efforts in training a number of newly appointed Special Constables.
Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said: ‘Kent has one of the best Special Constabularies in the country, delivering over 100,000 hours of voluntary policing in the county last year. This regional award builds on their deserved win of the Queen’s Award for voluntary service, and highlights the great work they do out there in the community. There’s never been a better time to join this great team and I would encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to have a look at our website and do something extraordinary.’
pictured left to right ACC Robin Smith the ACPO lead, S/CI Derek Moore, S/Sgt Paul Martin, CC Pughsley, and Chief Officer Gavin McKinnon.