The joint winners of the Best VPC Team Award were judged to be from the Metropolitan Police Service and Cleveland. The Specialist Crime and Youth Operation Council from the MPS act as advisors to the Specialist Crime & Operation Command tackling issues such as knife crime, murder investigations and internet safety. Cleveland VPC trained as dementia advisors and engaged adults in care homes, putting on a screening of ‘White Christmas’ at a local cinema. They then supported residents of care homes to access Skype and communicate with relatives across the globe.
Tarik Hardadou from Kensington & Chelsea’s VPC won the best VPC Individual Award through giving 1000 hours of social action to the Moroccan Community in London, supporting Stop & Search workshops in the community and volunteering at Junior VPC Programmes. The runner up for best VPC Individual Award was Matusz Strzeszewski, from Lancashire Constabulary, recognising his leadership of Honest Truth Road Safety Programmes in the community, addressing International Conferences and social action activities in children's homes at Christmas.
"Volunteers bring diverse and valuable skills from outside police forces."
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “Volunteers strengthen our police forces and make a vital contribution to keeping our communities safe. The Lord Ferrers Awards celebrate the professionalism, dedication and sacrifice shown by Special Constables, police support volunteers and cadets. I want to thank all the nominees for their commitment and drive and for making a real difference in the communities where they serve.”
Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Brandon Lewis said: “As today’s awards ceremony has shown, volunteers bring diverse and valuable skills from outside police forces which complement the roles staff and officers play in delivering the best service to the public. Policing has a long and proud history of volunteering and I was delighted to hear of the inspirational work being carried out across England and Wales by all today’s nominees.”