A team of special constables from South Yorkshire Police have picked up national awards in recognition of their hard work and dedication.
Officers were given two awards recently at a ceremony to recognise the special constabulary and police service volunteers at the Houses of Parliament.
The South Yorkshire-based team received the prestigious Ferrers Team Award for their partnership work with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) on Operation Responder.
The operation saw specials use fast response YAS vehicles to respond to anti-social behaviour incidents with paramedics.
Officers were also given the Employer Supported Policing Award. This award was given to the team for their joint partnership working with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).
This initiative has seen special constables, who work for companies within SYPTE such as Stagecoach, complete policing duties while in their full time jobs to conduct fraudulent ticket checks or gateway checks.
The winners were selected by representatives from the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Police Federation of England and Wales, the Superintendents’ Federation, the College of Policing and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.
Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt said: “I am delighted to see the hard work of our Specials recognised on the national stage. It was fantastic to be there in person to see them receive their awards and I felt very proud of their achievements, which are benefitting the people of South Yorkshire.”
Stephen Merrett, chief officer of South Yorkshire Special Constabluary, said: “The partnerships forged with SYPTE, YAS and the special constabulary have contributed to receiving these two national awards. “Understanding each other’s business and sharing common goals in ensuring the very best of service to the communities in which we mutually serve. The two awards recognise the hard work, enthusiasm, dedication and commitment of every Special Constable in South Yorkshire Police.”
Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the South Yorkshire Police Specials and their work to make public transport a safe environment for everyone.”