Special night for volunteer officers

Calderdale Polic's Special Constable Awards 2015. PC Alex Langley, Chf Supt Angela Williams,  SC Stephen Smith, SC Andrew Parker,  SO Andrew Taylor,  SC Argie Dratzidis and Insp Allan Raw, SSO Georgina Lobb. Below: Team of the year

Calderdale Polic's Special Constable Awards 2015. PC Alex Langley, Chf Supt Angela Williams, SC Stephen Smith, SC Andrew Parker, SO Andrew Taylor, SC Argie Dratzidis and Insp Allan Raw, SSO Georgina Lobb. Below: Team of the year

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It was a special night for volunteer officers as their hard work and dedication was recognised at an awards ceremony.

Calderdale District’s Chief Superintendent Angela Williams and Inspector Allan Raw dished out the prizes at the 2015 Calderdale Special Constable Awards.

Calderdale Polic's Special Constable Awards 2015. Team of the year

Calderdale Polic's Special Constable Awards 2015. Team of the year

The event, held at the Elsie Whiteley Centre in Halifax, saw Special Constables awarded for their dedication and work within the community over the past 12 months.

Special Constable Andrew Parker was crowned Student of the Year, Stephen Smith received the trophy for Special of the Year, while all 15 Specials who worked the Tour de France were the Team of the Year.

Insp Raw, who manages the Special Constables within Calderdale, said: “Special Constables are an integral part of policing in Calderdale and are a familiar sight at many of the district’s events throughout the year.

“This awards evening was a small way of saying thank you to them and reminding them that they are valued members of the force.”

Over the past 12 months the 36 Specials within Calderdale have given up 9,928 hours of their time to police Calderdale, equating to over five full-time police officers.

There was also a Special Achievement Award for Special Constable Argie Dratzidis.

West Yorkshire Police are currently recruiting Special Constables. For more information visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/bespecial

Alternatively you can email calderdale.specialsvolunteers@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk - where you can also enquire about volunteering within the force.