Special ceremony for volunteers

Some of the volunteers with their awards
Some of the volunteers with their awards

VOLUNTEERS who help Sussex Police have been honoured at a special awards ceremony.

The celebration was held at the Kings Centre in Eastbourne in November and police volunteers from across East Sussex were presented with awards.

The event was in recognition of the hard work, dedication and support that volunteers offer the division across a number of departments, including crime reduction, neighbourhood policing, domestic violence, canteen assistance and chaplaincy.

Special guests presenting the awards were the High Sheriff of East Sussex Deborah Bedford, as well as Chief Superintendent Robin Smith and Superintendent Samantha Coates.

The East Sussex Division has the highest number of volunteers - 75 out of the 170 volunteers forcewide, and also the largest number of long serving volunteers.

Awards presented at the event included the Two Years Appreciation Awards and Five Years Appreciation Awards.

A special congratulations was also given to Sally Stanion, who last month won the Sussex Police Volunteer of the Year award, and to Charles Mcilrick and Graham Davis who were runners up for the same award.

All three are from East Sussex Division.

Chief Superintendent Robin Smith, Divisional Commander, said, “We are very fortunate to have such a high number of dedicated volunteers who are willing to give up their precious time to help staff and officers in serving Sussex.

“I’d like to thank our volunteers sincerely on behalf of the wider community for the vital support and contributions they offer us all.”

Among those presented with awards were volunteers from Grove Road and Hammonds Drive in Eastbourne - Mike Alcock, Carol Waters, Gwen Whiteman, Elaine Koksvik, Margaret Cox - and Wealden volunteers Alan Baisden and Ruby Gordon-Wilson.