Last week, we proudly welcomed over 200 of our dedicated officers, staff, specials, and volunteers, accompanied by their families and loved ones, to accept Long Service and Good Conduct awards during ceremonies at our Headquarters in Portishead.
Together these individuals, who represent a huge variety of roles from across our organisation, have amassed an astonishing combined police service of more than 9,500 years.
The awards, which took place from 17 – 21 October, saw recipients presented with medals, medal bars, pins and certificates by the British Monarch’s personal representatives; His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the County and City of Bristol Mrs. Peaches Golding, His Majesty’s Deputy Lord-Lieutenant for the County and City of Bristol, Colonel Jane Thompson and His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Mr Mohammed Saddiq.
Each was then awarded a personal citation by Chief Constable Sarah Crew and congratulated by our Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Shelford.
The ceremonies recognised officers and police staff who had given 20, 30 or even 40 years of their career to policing – incredible achievements, demonstrating loyalty that goes above and beyond, to the communities we serve.
Also recognised were our volunteer Special Constables for five years’ service, nine years’ service and 14 years’ service and some of our police volunteers who have given long and commendable service, ranging from nine years to 29 years. We were reminded, that for them, this is not their “day job”; it is time they willingly give up to help make the difference.
Chief Constable Sarah Crew also gave a special thank you to the guests – families, friends, and loved ones – noting that without their support our colleagues would not have been able to do the incredible jobs that they have been carrying out across the decades.
As the awards acknowledged their incredible contribution to policing over many years and celebrated their conduct and commitment to public service, it was a moment for our colleagues and their loved ones to reflect on their careers and for us to thank them for the contribution they have made and their dedication to policing.
Speaking directly to the award recipients at the ceremonies, Chief Constable Sarah Crew said: “I am humbled to think of the collective experience you hold between you. Not just in time served, but in the contribution each and every one of you has made to the safety, security, and betterment of our communities in the face of our ever-changing environment.
“Today is about me, our distinguished guests and our senior leaders taking time to acknowledge, recognise and thank each and every one of you. Whether you are an officer, member of police staff, a special or a volunteer, you all contribute to making communities safer, to helping people in their most difficult times and to being there for people when there is simply no one else. I consider it a privilege to serve with you and for you.
“You are not only special. You are extraordinary.”
Thank you to all our recipients for the hard work, sacrifices, and commitment that you’ve given to your careers over the years and for your legacy in making Avon and Somerset Police the organisation that it is today.