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Halton special constables receive long service awards
LONG serving Special Constables across Cheshire were honoured at an awards ceremony at Cheshire Police headquarters.
Lee Bellfield and Steven Parry from Widnes and Gary Rawlinson from Runcorn were among those commended for five years’ service.
The evening’s highest accolades went to Mark Jones, Steve Jones and Richard Streets who each received an award for 19 years’ service.
Mark Jones, aged 47, who became a Special in 1993, said: "I got involved because ultimately I wanted to help the community that I live in."
"I never envisaged being a Special for so long, but I have made some good friends and have seen no reason to stop.”
Steve Jones, aged 58 added: "Being a Special Constable is something that I always wanted to do and being able to help people, often when they are in distress, is incredibly rewarding."
"Over my 19 years’ service I have seen many changes within the force and have had some great experiences."
Special Constabulary Chief Officer Brian Woodward presented long service awards for five years’ service to Lee Bellfield, Christopher Johnson, David Jones, Adam Langley, Steven Parry and Gary Rawlinson. Timothy Williams was also presented with an award for nine years’ service.
Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer said: "It is an honour to be here to recognise the commitment and dedication of our Special Constabulary. These are people who generously give of their spare time to work alongside regular officers and play an active and vital role in tackling crime and maintaining public safety."
"We are working towards the goal of doubling the Special Constabulary by the end of my term in office and I have been delighted about how supportive the community has been."
The Special Constabulary is a voluntary body to help the regular police force in meeting the policing needs of the community. Their roles include providing highly visibility patrols and helping to police major incidents and events. They provide a vital link in the partnership between the police service and the public.
To find out more about becoming a Special Constable, including frequently asked questions and details of the recruitment process, please visit the Cheshire Police website jobs page or use the following link to get to the Special Constabulary pages www.cheshire.police.uk/jobs/special-constables.aspx.
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