Special Police Officers Recognised for Contribution During Pandemic

Members of the South Yorkshire Police Special Constabulary have been presented with a Certificate of Recognition for their excellent contribution to policing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, presented the award virtually at a meeting of senior officers earlier this week.

This award is in recognition of the excellent contribution that a number of South Yorkshire Police Special Constabulary Officers have made over the last 12 months during difficult circumstances.

Dr Alan Billings said: “Special constables provide a valuable service to policing to strengthen the delivery of policing services within the county.

“However, during the pandemic I have been especially pleased to hear how some individuals have gone above and beyond in exceptional circumstances. These individuals have contributed a significant number of extra hours to support the Force and communities to provide added capacity in what have been challenging times.

“I would like to extend my personal thanks for your commitment and dedication to South Yorkshire Police.”

Craig Batham, South Yorkshire Police Special Constabulary Deputy Chief Officer, said: “This award is very much appreciated. Special constables work on a voluntary basis yet many put in hours above and beyond what is expected, often on top of their full time roles in other organisations.

South Yorkshire Police Special Constabulary currently has 138 officers working across all areas of the force. In total they have contributed over 10,500 hours of voluntary service during the first two months of 2021.