Police awards for Weston specials

PUBLISHED: 15:56 17 September 2013

Chaplain Andy Hughes, SC Tim stride, SC Neil Wagner, Special Constabulary Chief Officer David Farrell.

Chaplain Andy Hughes, SC Tim stride, SC Neil Wagner, Special Constabulary Chief Officer David Farrell.

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VOLUNTEER police officers - who attended 4,000 incidents and arrested 257 suspects in 2012 - saw their efforts acknowledged during a force awards ceremony.

For HR director Emma Zeeman, SC Jay Newton, Special Constabulary Chief Officer David Farrell.For HR director Emma Zeeman, SC Jay Newton, Special Constabulary Chief Officer David Farrell.

Special Constables serve across North Somerset, and freely give their time to help make their communities better and safer.

Among the winners were a Weston duo – office manager Tim Stride and vehicle technician Neil Wagner – who were named District Officer’s officer of the year for their regular patrolling of antisocial behaviour hotspots.

Another winner, Weston’s Jay Newton was named student officer of the year for his willingness to help colleagues while also developing his own skills.

Area commander Chief Superintendent Nikki Watson presented the awards, alongside Mike Nicholls from sponsor Alliance Homes.

She said: “North Somerset has an incredibly strong and committed team of 70 specials who, between them, completed an astounding 20,540 hours of duty last year – and that’s in addition to their day jobs and looking after their families.

“For me, that’s the equivalent of having an additional 12 full-time officers policing the area.

“It’s a real pleasure to shake their hands and thank them for the work they do to support us. They are a huge support to our regular officers and make a real difference to our communities.”

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