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Volunteer Highly Commended at BAWP Awards

Congratulations are offered to Deborah Wilkie, a volunteer from Shrewsbury, who has been 'Highly Commended' for her volunteer work at the British Association for Women in Policing Annual awards, in the Police volunteer category. Deborah will be invited to the Awards ceremony which will take place on Tuesday 28 June 2016 in Manchester.

Debbie Wilkie
Debbie Wilkie Police Support Volunteer

In 2016 the British Association for Women in Policing will be recognising, for the tenth time, the contributions and achievements of women within the police service with the only awards in policing specifically aimed at women. The volunteer category seeks to award an individual other than a member of the Special Constabulary who has made a significant voluntary contribution in support of the police service, showing commitment that has made a positive difference to the delivery of service to the public and/or the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation.

Deborah was one of the first Patrol / Missing Person Volunteers in West Mercia & Warwickshire Police. This meant that she works directly alongside a 24/7 patrol team from Shrewsbury Police station to provide support in times of reducing staffing and increased workloads for Patrol Officers.

Deborah is trained in the use of Police systems, including COMPACT (missing person) system. She arrived on shift in June 2015, and she immediately made an impact.

Deborah also takes particular pride in assisting with missing person enquires, and is able to assist investigating Officers by professionally operating computer systems and carrying out station bound enquiries allowing Officers more time to carry out priority and critical tasks. Deborah received a letter of praise from Superintendent Tozer in December for her work on a high risk missing person.

Deborah has organised this years (2016) Citizens Academy at Shrewsbury alongside her Patrol work. She has recruited attendees, completed a syllabus, dealt with vetting issues and hosted each Academy evening.

She has built up a rapport with each of the persons attending the Academy.

They believe that Citizens Academy is an essential tool in providing confidence and satisfaction in the Police, and that Deborah is essential part of the engagement between the local community and Police.

Deborah has worked, on average, 28 hours a month with her Patrol team. This is alongside her regular, fulltime employment.

Inspector Ed Hancox says

"Deborah has become a trusted and dependable member of the team. She works extremely hard to support Officers, to the extent that her supervisor often forgets that she is not a paid member of staff. She shows diligence and care in her work, and genuinely cares for both Police Officers and members of the public."

Deborah says

"I feel very honoured to be nominated for this award as I know there is a lot of other volunteers who all do a very good job. As a volunteer I am grateful to my colleagues on "E shift" who are always on hand to help me out but also have faith and trust in me that I will do anything they ask to the best of my ability to help them out."