Lord Ferrer’s Awards this year recognise 'cyber specials'
The 24th annual Lord Ferrer's Awards, which recognise the outstanding work of special constables, police support volunteers or volunteer police cadets, will be taking place later this year.
A new category called 'Technical Innovation' has been introduced this year, to encourage recognition of 'cyber specials' and volunteers who are using technology creatively to tackle online crime.
Last year almost 300 nominations were submitted by police forces across England and Wales, and for the first time, members of the public could also recommend volunteers for their service, with 43 candidates being shortlisted.
Policing and Fire Minister, Nick Hurd said: "Policing has a long and proud history of volunteers and the Lord Ferrer's Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate their achievements.
"Every day special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets make a selfless contribution to tackling crime and supporting police forces.
"I urge police officers and members of the public to nominate police volunteers who they think have made an outstanding contribution to their communities for an award."
The award ceremony will take place in central London in November. Winners will be presented with their awards by chief officers, Home Officer ministers and senior officials.
You can find out more about the awards online.