For hose a jolly good fellow to police
BIG Ben Wilson shows week in and out hose the daddy of Staffordshire’s police force.
The unsung hero is bringing a whole new meaning to ‘wash and go’ after cleaning up at the county’s annual police prize-giving.
His devotion to duty earned him the accolade of first winner of the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner’s Award for Volunteer of the Year.
And, as deputy police and crime commissioner, I presented Ben with his trophy – alongside other worthy winners at the Staffordshire Police Force annual awards’ ceremony held in Stafford’s County Showground.
Ben, from Burntwood, plays a crucial role in “keeping the show on the road” for officers in Lichfield Local Policing Team (LPT).
The 26-year-old became a vehicle support volunteer a year last June and took ownership of keeping the LPT’s vehicles clean and tidy.
A citation about his achievements said: “He understands that often an officer will hand over keys for their car to be serviced, only to run back out in five minutes needing to take the car out to an urgent request for police assistance.
“Operational officers from both the uniformed local policing team and the specialist departments recognise Ben’s contribution to keeping ‘the show on the road’.”
The citation added: “He fulfills a very necessary, but not particularly glamorous part of day-to-day housekeeping, keeping Staffordshire police vehicles clean and tidy and the kit in good order.”
Ben’s reported for duty every Thursday regardless of the weather, and has earned the respect of his colleagues for consistently maintaining the fleet.
I offered my sincere thanks to the volunteers who do so much from visiting custody suites to washing police vehicles, the PCSOs who are building solid ties with communities, the specials and regular police officers who are so determined to protect their fellow citizens.
All the police staff deserve praise for carrying out a myriad of services which support everything else that happens and of course all the families who assist all the members of Team Staffordshire.
In a special message to the event, Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said: “Tonight is about the amazing work everybody is doing to help keep Staffordshire people safe and secure.”