Chief Officer Celvyn Jones has been honoured with a prestigious Lord Ferrers Award.
Celvyn has been a member of the Special Constabulary in Cheshire for 16 years, and the Chief Officer for the past 15 months. During this time, he has helped to develop the Special Constabulary strategy and he currently leads a team of 400 Special Constables.
Celvyn was nominated for the Ferrers Awards, and reached the final among an extremely strong group of candidates. He attended a ceremony in London on Thursday afternoon, where he was named the winner of the Leadership Award.
He said: “I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every minute of being in the Special Constabulary. There is no doubt that the office of constable is a challenging role – especially as a Special, with officers juggling full time careers and family life.
“I’ve enjoyed leading various teams within Cheshire and learning new skills in leadership and policing. My focus is to ensure Cheshire specials are given a flexible and rewarding platform to develop as police officers and that the team have access to clear career paths and associated training.
“I’m a firm believer that the Special Constabulary is a hugely important part of the UK police service and that it’s seen as a professional and unique vocation. The values and skills Special Constables bring to policing are vast and as such I’m keen to ensure the Special Constabulary continues to be a key stakeholder in helping to shape the future of policing in the UK. After all, the Special Constabulary is a true reflection of Sir Robert Peel’s view of ‘the police are the public and the public are the police’.
He added: “I’ve always been a strong supporter of the Lord Ferrer’s Awards and being nominated myself was a nice surprise and an honour for me. The support I’ve received from my Specials team, the regular Chief Officer team, the PCC’s office and the rest of the Police family has been phenomenal. Being nominated for this award wouldn’t have been possible without this support. Thank you to the team.”
The Lord Ferrers Awards are the largest and most prestigious national awards for citizens in policing. They recognise the outstanding contribution of special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets. They also acknowledge the support employers and their employees offer to their local force.
Nine winners were announced at the ceremony at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, which was attended by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, Brandon Lewis.
Although Celvyn has taken the plaudits, a number of others were also nominated. Special Constable Ashley Tether (Individual Award) and Operation Computer (Team Award) made the final five in their respective categories, while Donald Howell (Police Service Volunteer) SC Thomas Gilbertson (Individual Award) and Specials Search Team (Team Award) also deserve praise.
Chief Inspector Sarah Heath, who was head of public participation until her recent switch to Runcorn LPU, said: “All those nominated have done extremely well to have their nominations accepted for this prestigious award and it demonstrates the level of service they have provided to Cheshire Police and the communities they serve.
“All of you who give your time, dedication and commitment to policing are hugely appreciated, and all deserving of recognition."
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire David Keane added: “To be a member of the Special Constabulary takes real dedication. The fact that they give up their spare time, and juggle their work and home lives to get out there and police our communities is something we should all be proud of.
“I have been deeply impressed by Celvyn’s commitment to the Special Constabulary. His leadership and desire to drive it to be one of the best in the country is extremely commendable and I congratulate him for receiving this national recognition.”