Rugby police officer recognised in national award ceremony

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A POLICE officer has been recognised nationally for his work recruiting volunteers for the force.

Sgt Karl Faulkner was highly Commended in the Achievement in Recruitment and Retention (Police Service Volunteers) section of the Special Constable and Police Support Volunteer Awards which are to be presented in London today (Friday).

Sgt Faulkner, who is now part of Rugby Safer Neighbourhood Team, developed a successful volunteer programme which is professional, cost efficient and a great benefit to Warwickshire Police.

Due to his efforts, Warwickshire Police now has 81 volunteers (47 at the time of nomination) and the force is instrumental in helping other forces develop their volunteer strategies.

Sgt Faulkner said: “I am extremely pleased that the effort I put in has come out in such a positive way for the force. It was hard work but it has really paid off. Warwickshire Police has really integrated volunteers in all sorts of different roles within the workforce and continues to push new boundaries.”

Sgt Faulkner shares his award with Janet Gould of Greater Manchester Police and the winner in this section was Sgt Ian Kennett of Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Last night’s ceremony recognised the work of dedicated and innovative special constables and police support volunteers throughout the country and were awarded by the Home Office and the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA).