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Notts hosts its first Citizens in Policing Awards Ceremony

June 14, 2017
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On Monday (12 June 2017) Nottinghamshire Police held its first ever Citizens in Policing Award Ceremony.

The awards were held at the Albert Hall in Nottingham and were attended by special guests including Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Barber, Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and Superintendent Richard Fretwell.

The event was designed to recognise the incredible work done by the Force’s volunteers on a day-to-day basis and has been hailed as a great success by those who attended.

Speaking after the event, Superintendent Richard Fretwell said: "This was the first ever event for the CiPD team, with the support of our very own volunteers. It was a fantastic occasion which was delivered very professionally."

"We all know how we feel when someone values us and thanks us for what we do and the volunteers I spoke to on the night were pleased to have had their contributions recognised.

"It was also an occasion where we can thank the family and friends who support our volunteers. I honestly walked out of the Albert Hall feeling inspired and with an extra spring in my step, not just from seeing people get their awards, but from talking to the volunteers and families and witnessing the dedication and sense of duty people have to supporting the organisation and in making our communities safer places."

He continued: "As a member of the Force and a member of the public, I would like to express my thanks to all those people who volunteer and give up their own time to assist in making Nottinghamshire a safer place to live, work and visit."

The event saw more than 45 of the Force’s Special Constables, Cadet Leaders and Police Support Volunteers come together with their friends and family – who heard stories of how they make a positive difference to communities across Nottinghamshire every day.

Awards were issued to volunteers achieving three, five, seven and 15-years of service.

There were also individual stories of bravery and heroism, including the incredible journey of the Force’s longest-serving Special Constable, Alan Marwood – spanning a career of almost half a century (47-years).

Alan first joined Nottinghamshire Police in August 1970 and during his time, has arrested two murderers, saved the lives of countless people and has served under 10 Chief Constables and received numerous awards and recognition for his efforts.

Alan was presented with a lifetime achievement award on the evening, where he received a standing ovation from the 200 plus strong audience, after hearing of his incredible story.

Alan said: "I am truly humbled to have received the lifetime achievement award.

"Being a Special Constable is a unique opportunity to give something back and to help protect my local community. I have never looked back and I’m almost 47-years in.

"I’d like to thank the Citizens in Policing Team for executing such a professional and incredible evening. My wife and I were very impressed and it certainly adds that sense of value to everything we do as volunteers."

The event drew to a close with a speech from Nottinghamshire PCC Paddy Tipping, where he addressed the volunteers and their friends and families by thanking them for everything they've done and continue to do.

There are more than 400 volunteers in Nottinghamshire Police who regularly give up their time to help keep communities safe.

To find out more about the various roles and how you can help make a difference, visit:
www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/volunteer

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