Nominations open for awards celebrating police volunteers

Published 4 July 2016

Do you know a police volunteer who deserves special recognition? Nominate them in our annual awards in celebration of police volunteers in England and Wales.

The countdown to the 2016 Lord Ferrers Awards has begun - and the public are invited to nominate inspiring police volunteers for the first time in the event’s 23-year history.

The Lord Ferrers Awards recognise the outstanding contribution to local policing made by individuals and teams across three different kinds of police volunteer roles - Special Constables, Volunteer Police Cadets and Police Support Volunteers.

The awards are a chance to celebrate the achievements of police volunteers across England and Wales and you can nominate a police volunteer who you feel deserves special recognition by visiting the Home Office website.

Mike Penning, Minister for Policing, Fire, Criminal Justice and Victims, said:

“Police volunteers across the country play a vital role in the communities that they serve. Every day they make a selfless contribution to tackling crime and keeping our streets safe.

“The Lord Ferrers Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate their achievements.

“I urge members of the public to get involved and nominate police volunteers who they think have made an outstanding contribution to their communities for an award.”

The award ceremony will take place in Central London in September 2016. Winners will be presented with their awards by Home Officer Ministers, senior officials and Chief Police Officers.

Make your nomination

For the first time in the event’s history, the public can nominate police volunteers for an award. You can submit your nomination via this online form. The deadline for nominations is Sunday 17 July 2016.

Please give as much information on what the nominee has achieved as you can. Please be aware that:

  • you can nominate up to 3 teams or individuals per application and you can make more than one application
  • the Home Office can’t accept ‘self’ nominations from individuals or teams
  • the Home Office can’t shortlist nominations where long service, extra hours or bravery are the sole case for nomination as these are recognised by other awards

Please choose what you think is the most suitable category from the list below. Don’t worry if you’re not sure which category to choose as the Home Office will make sure the nominee is considered for the most appropriate award:

  • Special Constabulary – Individual Award: Celebrating Special Constables who have demonstrated a sustained and significant contribution to policing in their local communities.
  • Special Constabulary – Team Award: Recognising teams of Special Constables who have demonstrated a sustained and significant contribution to policing in their local communities.
  • Police Support Volunteer – Individual Award: Celebrating Police Support Volunteers who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.
  • Police Support Volunteer - Team Award: Recognising teams who have worked together to make a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.
  • Volunteer Police Cadet – Individual Award: Celebrating individual Volunteer Police Cadets who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.
  • Volunteer Police Cadet – Team Award: Open to teams who have worked together to make a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.
  • Employer Supported Policing Award: Open to individuals and teams of employees who support their local police force through volunteering. The award recognises the contribution of both volunteers and their employers and will now be open to those accredited under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme.
  • Leadership Award: Open to individual Special Constables who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to leadership.

If you have any questions or are unable to submit an online application, please email us at LordFerrersAward@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.

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