Special Constables, Cadets and Volunteers awarded for their contribution at ceremony
Awards were given to Police Support Volunteers, Special Constables, Volunteer Police Cadets and their Leaders for their long service, dedication and professionalism throughout 2017 at a ceremony last week (Saturday, 9 June).
To mark an end to National Volunteers’ Week, one of those receiving recognition was Special Inspector Russell Salter who won the award for Special Constable of the Year. Russell has been a Special Constable for more than 12 years and during his service has contributed over six thousand hours to policing. He has spent his career to date working in the East of the county and has been responsible for the Special Constabulary contribution to policing the Epsom Derby.
Police Support Volunteer of the Year went to Brian Truscott. Brian has volunteered with Surrey Police since 2009 and is a valued member of the Community Events Team, who represent Surrey Police by proactively engaging with members of the public from across Surrey’s communities. He also volunteers for the Surrey Appropriate Adult Volunteer Service who offer support to vulnerable adults and young people who find themselves detained in police custody. Brian is trained as a Casualty Bureau operator who can be called upon should a major incident take place.
Awards were also given to Cadet and Cadet Leader of the Year. PCSO Paul Woodhouse who runs the Runnymede Unit received the award for Cadet Leader of the Year. Paul’s Cadets said of him: “He is always the consistent leader who attends every week and has been to every session. He is sociable and easy to converse with but is respected. Paul welcomes all new Cadets and guides them through the processes and puts 101% effort into making sure we all learn and enjoy our sessions.”
Helen Hartley, Force lead for Volunteering said: “Our volunteers selflessly give their time across a number of roles to help make Surrey the safest county it can be. From attending events, providing support to front line policing and even saving lives, our volunteers are an invaluable asset to the force. Our awards ceremony is just one of the ways we show our gratitude for all their hard work.”