Special constables from South Yorkshire have been honoured for their work with paramedics.
They were invited to the Houses of Parliament for the Special Constabulary and Police Service volunteers awards for their contribution to policing.
Specials were honoured for their work on Operation Responder, where they work alongside Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedics dealing with anti-social behaviour-related incidents, allowing the medics to treat casualties without having to wait for police intervention.
The county’s Special Constabulary also received an award for their partnership with the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, where specials who work for companies including Stagecoach, First and Supertram are permitted to carry out policing duties while in their full-time paid employment.
Roles include policing interchanges and conducting fraudulent ticket checks.
Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “I am delighted to see the hard work of our specials recognised on the national stage.
“It was fantastic to be there in person to see them receive their awards and I felt proud of their achievements, which are benefiting the people of South Yorkshire.”
Chief Officer of South Yorkshire Special Constabulary Stephen Merrett said: “The two awards recognise the hard work, enthusiasm, dedication and commitment of every special constable in South Yorkshire Police.”
Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, pledged to increase the number of special officers in South Yorkshire when he was elected to the newly-created role in November.
He said: “I’m incredibly proud of the South Yorkshire Police specials and their work to make public transport a safe environment for everyone.
“The Special Constabulary is a key component in South Yorkshire.
“It is crucial in helping to improve visible policing which is why I have set the expansion plan for the specials.”
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