The region’s Special Constabulary has won a national award for working together across all six forces to fight crime and protect the public.
The volunteer officers were honoured with the Ferrers Trophy Team Award at the Special Constable and Police Support Volunteers Awards ceremony jointly organised by the National Policing Improvement Agency and the Home Office in London last month.
The award was given for deciding that a priority for 2011/12 would be to improve the inter-operability of the Special Constabulary throughout the region.
Chief officer Nigel Green, who led the team, said: “Devising and implementing these mutual aid operations is a great example of how Specials add value to policing.
“It also highlights how they can free regular troops from important but time consuming tasks.
“I am very proud of all the special officers across the region and the results they have achieved.
“Most specials have their own full-time jobs, yet give up their free time to help make all our counties a safer place.
“We are always on the lookout for more specials to join the constabulary and would urge anyone interested to get in touch. I can assure them the work is rarely dull – and always very rewarding.”
Special Constabulary High Impact days were run in each of the six forces which were intelligence-led addressing a crime-based issue.
Led by the head of Bedfordshire Special Constabulary Nigel Green, the officers worked with the operations planning units in the region to develop two key documents, a Mutual Aid Memorandum of Understanding, setting out the responsibilities of both host and donor forces and general spirit of collaboration, and a Mutual Aid Request Form.
Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Richer said: “The special constabulary is a hugely important part of all of our forces, and this award represents much deserved recognition for their endeavours.
“Specials from across the eastern region regularly provide mutual aid to partner forces, and this is particularly crucial during major events, such as festivals or marches, and during key anti-crime initiatives.”