Margaret is a ‘special’ asset

Margaret Wilkin
Margaret Wilkin
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A special constable who has volunteered to help South Yorkshire Police for 34 years is hanging up her uniform.

Margaret Wilkin, aged 66, retires this week after starting her voluntary role patrolling the streets of Hackenthorpe in 1979 before spending 10 years in Woodhouse before moving to Moss Way.

The mother and grandmother, who has policed football matches, school crossing patrols and Beighton Remembrance Day parade for more than 30 years, has also served on the Sheffield South Crime Prevention Panel.

She also set up a human resources team for special constables – the first and only one in the country – offering welfare support and organising first aid and self-defence training.

Margaret was awarded the MBE in 2005 for her services to South Yorkshire Police and she said: “I’ve enjoyed all my 34 years but my highlight was definitely receiving an MBE from the Queen in 2005.

“I would certainly recommend anyone interested in policing and helping their community to apply to be a Special.”