The work of Humberside Police’s Special Constabulary has been recognised at the annual Keith Binks Awards ceremony.
The ceremony is named after long serving Special Constable Keith Binks who served in Cottingham until 1987. Whilst carrying out his duties Keith, who was also a well-known local businessman, was assaulted and as a result received some compensation. He decided to use the money to fund the "Keith Binks Trophy" which has been awarded annually to a Humberside Special ever since.
When Keith passed away in 2008 he left money in his will to the Special Constabulary. We used that to enhance the awards and create distinct categories whilst retaining the original overall trophy.
There are currently 201 Special officers working for Humberside Police.
This year's winners are as follows:
Keith Binks Trophy Winner
SC Ben Colombari (Hornsea)
Keith Binks Awards
Team Award - Hornsea Community Team
Leadership - S/Sgt Laura Major (Barton)
Community Policing - S/Sgt Nick Stuffin (Grimsby)
Outstanding Achievement - SC Ben Colombari (Hornsea)
Three newly promoted Special Chief Inspectors completed the SC Senior Leadership course with the College of Policing and received certificates.
Stuart Mills (Hull)
Lewis Watson (East Yorkshire)
Damian Hullett (North East Lincolnshire)
Long Service Certificates
30 years - Chief Officer John Philip
15 years - SC Mark Jackson (Pocklington, SC Jonathon Dunning-Davies (Hornsea)
10 years - SC Jon Page (Hull), S/Sgt Jane Norman (Hull), S/Sgt Steve Robinson (Marine Unit)
Special Constabulary Chief Officer John Philip said: “It was fantastic to be joined last night by Chief Constable Lee Freeman, ACC Scott Young and PCC Keith Hunter to recognise the work that the Special Constabulary does as part of the policing team in Humberside.
“It was a great opportunity to recognise the exceptional service and dedication to this voluntary role by officers from across the force area. Special officers regularly go above and beyond what is expected to deliver a service to the public, undertaking front line policing roles alongside their regular colleagues.
“It was good to be able to recognise the support that officers’ families provide as well in enabling them to fulfil this role, usually alongside full time employment. I celebrated 30 years of service myself and I remain extremely proud to lead such a dedicated, professional group of officers.”
Humberside Police Chief Constable Lee Freeman said: “I want to send my congratulations to all the award winners who exemplify the amazing work our Special Constabulary undertake. To be able to honour and reward such a dedicated team of officers for the first time as Chief Constable this year has been a great privilege. I am extremely proud of the tireless service of the Special Constabulary which is essential to help protect the communities of Humberside.
“A special mention must go to Special Constabulary Chief Officer John Philip, who has been awarded a Long Service Certificate to mark 30 years' service. For the past three decades he has volunteered and dedicated his time to our Special Constabulary which he now leads. My gratitude goes to him for his work, and to all the Special Constabulary officers we work alongside.”
If you are interested in joining please log on to http://www.wearehumbersidespecials.co.uk/
Photographs of the winners are available as attachments.