Awards

Tuesday 4th June 2019 | St Mellion International Resort

We are delighted to announce this year’s Devon and Cornwall Police Volunteer Awards will be held at the St Mellion International Resort during the evening of Tuesday 4th June 2019. Nominations will be open from the 14th February 2019.

Devon and Cornwall Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner wish to continue to maximise the opportunities for volunteers to support local neighbourhoods to build strong and cohesive communities. Whether through partner volunteering groups or our own volunteering programmes, we recognise and value the contribution that volunteers can make to support the delivery of policing services.

Perhaps you know someone in your community who regularly gives up their time in a voluntary capacity and who has made a significant impact deserving of recognition. We are also looking to recognise police officers and staff who have enabled and supported this activity. Please take the time to nominate an individual or team who deserves recognition for what they have achieved. 

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Award Categories

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Community Spirit Award (Team/Group Award – Internal and external)

This award is open to a group or team that have contributed towards improved quality of life, community safety or supported community activity with positive results.  This could include a team or group that have:

  • demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to their community;
  • provided a service and meeting a need for people living in the local community;
  • been supported and recognised by the local community and the people who benefit from it.

Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) Unit of the Year Award (Internal)

This award is open to units affiliated with the the Devon and Cornwall Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme.  It focuses on a group’s outstanding contribution to their local community. This could include:

  • the unit represent the Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme in an exemplary manner;
  • the unit have achieved an outstanding result in support of their local community;
  • the unit have utilised their skills and knowledge gained through participation at VPC to benefit others;
  • the unit achieve excellent participation and commitment to their local community by supporting the police service.

(Regular meetings of the group should not be a criteria).

Special Constabulary Team of the Year Award (Internal)

This award focuses on team initiatives where officers have made a significant contribution to policing in their areas.  The nomination should be made for the team of Special Constables who have demonstrated initiative and work in one of the following areas:

  • Sustained successful involvement with Neighbourhood Policing;
  • Teamwork in resolving a long-standing problem within the community;
  • Significant contribution made to a particular LPA / Sector / Station objective; or
  • Work carried out which promotes better community and police relationships within their area.

Police Support Volunteer (PSV) Team of the Year Award (Internal)

This award focuses on a Volunteer Team’s outstanding contribution to policing. The nomination should be made for the team of Volunteers in one of the following areas:

  • The nominees demonstrated effective support to the police service;
  • The nominees demonstrated effective added value support to the police service;
  • The action or initiative has had a measurable impact on the identified need; or
  • The action or initiative has contributed positively in support of policing objectives.

Police & Crime Commissioner’s Team Award (External)

Please do not restrict your thinking to members of formal watch schemes or volunteers engaged on behalf of the police service.  There are community groups who are not directly connected to or supported by the police, who demonstrate an outstanding ability to galvanise activity in support of a variety of local causes.  This could include:

  • A team that have been pivotal in galvanising enthusiasm and action for a local cause;
  • A team that has improved community resilience; or
  • A team that has improved communication and connectivity in the local community.

Chief Constable’s Award (Internal)

An individual or team who has displayed a profound commitment supporting the Force’s vision – to be the best rural, coastal and urban police service through Volunteering.”One team – innovating to be the best” in accordance with the national Code of Ethics and our Force standards of behaviour.  This could include:

  • Schemes or initiatives that have prevented and/or deterred crime;
  • Schemes or initiatives that have protected people from harm or protected the vulnerable;
  • Supporting local teams to safeguard communities and neighbourhoods;
  • Demonstrating sustainable innovative ways to support the police service; or
  • Providing a sustainable high quality service to the public.

Outstanding Contribution Award (Individual Award – Internal and External)

A community member who has displayed a profound commitment to improving the safety, health and wellbeing of their local area. This could include:

  • someone who has shown a high level of commitment and excellence to their cause for their community;
  • someone coordinating local action to assist vulnerable community members;
  • someone having been pivotal in galvanising enthusiasm and action for a local cause.

Please give examples of how their volunteering has significantly improved their cause.

(Please do not restrict your thinking to members of formal watch schemes or volunteers engaged on behalf of the police service. There are people who are not directly connected to or supported by us, who demonstrate an outstanding ability to galvanise activity in support of a variety of local causes.)

Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) of the Year Award (Internal)

This award is open to all Cadets affiliated with the Devon and Cornwall Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme. It focuses on an individual Cadet’s outstanding contribution to their cadet unit or local community. This could include:

  • demonstrating great willingness to support their peers;
  • demonstrating excellent qualities in line with being a strong role model;
  • utilising their skills and knowledge gained through participation at Cadets to benefit others;
  • achieving outstanding personal development.

(Regular attendance to training and team meetings alone should not be a criteria).

Special Constable (SC) of the Year Award (Internal)

This award focuses on an individual Special Constable’s outstanding contribution to policing (such as best practice in the detection and prevention of harm, the protection of the vulnerable, reducing crime, safeguarding communities and neighbourhoods, a high quality service to the public, Code of Ethics and Force standards of behaviour). Long service in itself should not be a criteria.
The nomination should be made for the SC who has demonstrated initiative and work in one of the following areas:

  • Demonstrating effective support to the police service;
  • Demonstrating effective added value support to the police service;
  • The action or initiative has had a measurable impact on the identified need;
  • The action or initiative has contributed positively in support of policing objectives.

Police Support Volunteer (PSV) of the Year Award (Internal)

This award focuses on an individual Volunteer’s outstanding contribution to policing (such as best practice in the detection and prevention of harm, the protection of the vulnerable, reducing crime, safeguarding communities and neighbourhoods, a high quality service to the public, Code of Ethics and force standards of behaviour). Long service in itself should not be a criteria.

The nomination should be made for the Volunteer who has demonstrated initiative and work in one of the following areas:

  • Demonstrated effective support to the police service;
  • Demonstrated effective added value support to the police service;
  • The action or initiative has had a measurable impact on the identified need; or
  • The action or initiative has contributed positively in support of policing objectives.

Volunteering Award (Internal)

This award is open to all Police Officers, Police Staff and all members of the policing family who volunteer in the community outside of Devon and Cornwall Police.
The award is to recognise commitment and support to other volunteering roles outside of the police service. Nominations need to showcase an initiative that has helped improve connectivity with communities and social impact. This category is required to submit detailed information outlining the voluntary work or initiative and how this has benefitted and/or involved the community.
For example, a member of staff who volunteers as a football coach for young people or volunteers for the RNLI.

Volunteers’ Champion Award(Internal)

This award is to recognize police staff and officers who give their time supporting volunteers within their paid roles.  Encouraging and supporting volunteers within the local team making them feel part of the wider policing team.  Nominations need to provider a detailed example outlining how they have supported volunteers.

Chief Constable’s Award (Internal)

An individual or team who has displayed a profound commitment supporting the Force’s vision – to be the best rural, coastal and urban police service through Volunteering. “One team – innovating to be the best” in accordance with the national Code of Ethics and our Force standards of behaviour. This could include:

  • Schemes or initiatives that have prevented and/or deterred crime;
  • Schemes or initiatives that have protected people from harm or protected the vulnerable;
  • Supporting local teams to safeguard communities and neighbourhoods;
  • Demonstrating sustainable innovative ways to support the police service; or
  • Providing a sustainable high quality service to the public.

Young Volunteer of the Year Award (Under 25 years old) (Internal and External)

This award recognises a dedicated young volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment to their local community contributing energy, skills and time. The award is to recognise commitment and support to a local community, nominations could include an initiative that has:

  • Helped improve connectivity between the police and young people within communities;
  • Had a measurable impact on an identified community issue for young people;
  • Co-ordinated local action to assist vulnerable community members;
  • Demonstrated support to the police service in relation to young people
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Nominations are now closed

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