British Association for Women in Policing 

Volunteer Award 2015

An individual who has made a significant contribution and commitment to the advancement of women in policing.

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Special Inspector Maureen Conwell, Greater Manchester Police

‘…her career as a special constable is exemplary and the above demonstrates her leadership skills, community service and excellence in performance…’

Maureen Conwell has been a Special Constable since 1992.  Last year, Maureen has volunteered 555 hours of policing duty to the communities of Manchester, where she has had much responsibility in coordinating operations linked to policing priorities.  Maureen also performs a police staff role as an Intelligence Officer.

Maureen takes positive action in the local neighbourhoods; engaging with communities including the Chinese community, to the transgender community, local colleges listening to views as well as encouraging local people to join the force.  In the last year Maureen has submitted over 400 expressions of interest from members of the community wanting to join GMP made up of 32% from underrepresented groups.  The latest statistics for the Special Constabulary show that this group now has a 2% increase from Minority Ethnic Groups on last year.

Maureen has achieved the British Sign Language and Deaf Culture skill in her own time which has taken her three years. She mentors and develops new Special officers as well as leading a team of 22 Special Constables.  She was chosen by the National Council Voluntary Organisations as a volunteer ambassador, and was proud to represent police forces across England in her role as a special constable.

Maureen’s overall performance and accomplishments throughout her career as a special constable is exemplary and the above demonstrates her leadership skills, community service and excellence in performance.

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Police Support Volunteer, Carol Cotterill, Warwickshire Police

‘Carol spends a significant amount of her own time volunteering for Warwickshire Police and is passionate about what she does’. 

Carol has become an integral part of the fight against rural crime in Warwickshire and she has instigated and led some key work to increase awareness and reduce rural crime.  Carol spends a significant amount of her own time volunteering for Warwickshire Police and is passionate about what she does.  Much of the work Carol has completed as a volunteer has changed the face of how we deal, report and prevent equine crime and some of this work has been recognised at a national level. 

Carol was involved in setting up Warwickshire Horse Watch and took over as Chair.  She introduced the use of a website with downloadable crime prevention advice, useful links and an incident log, a very proactive Facebook page with over 2,000 followers and successful Twitter account.  Membership of this scheme is now over 900 people who receive equine and rural alerts directly from Warwickshire Police.  This scheme was awarded the National Farmers Union Country Crime Fighting Award for Best Community Scheme in the UK.  Carol has also arranged a conference for farmers and horse owners in the county and a large crime prevention event relating to rural crime.  To make sure the rural crime message reached a wider audience, Carol produced a DVD which was circulated to all Neighbourhood Teams. Carol supports Warwickshire Police on initiatives such as mounted volunteers as her knowledge, experience and connections within the equine world have led to greater partnership working.  West Mercia police are now looking at utilising this good practice and earlier this year Carol was put forward as a Community Champion by the local councillor and due to attend a reception at Downing Street.

Police Staff Volunteer, Henny Cameron, Northamptonshire Police

‘Henny is a shining example to others and an absolute asset to Northamptonshire Police’.

Henny is a volunteer working as part of the Northamptonshire County Schools Challenge.  Since early 2014, Henny has contributed over 520 hours to her volunteering role.

The scheme engages hundreds of secondary school pupils to develop a business solution to prevent a social issue.  This is the 3rd year Henny has been volunteering for the Challenge during which time it has focussed on Hate Crime, alcohol misuse and Cyber Safety.  In this academic year, the Challenge will go into over 20 schools across the County making a real difference to young people.

Henny provides all the administration and project planning support, budget detail and keeps a detailed overview on the project making sure the schools are actively engaged and are supported.  Henny engages with schools, sector police officers and PCSOs plus all partner agencies involved in the challenge.  Henny is a highly valued and active member of the project steering group, showing dedication and commitment – even when she was unable to come to the office due to an operation she was emailing from home providing that continued support – dedication beyond any expectation. 

As well as her volunteer work, Henny has been supporting the Force volunteer’s project. She has been working with the central team providing feedback on her experience as a volunteer, helping to redevelop volunteer recruitment and training processes.  By giving up her own time to share her own experiences Henny has been a great help to the organisation, enabling the project to learn and improve its processes in retaining and recruiting additional volunteers.

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