Nearly fifty officers, staff and members of the Special Constabulary serving with Norfolk Police were honoured in a ceremony on the Sandringham Estate on Monday. The ceremony was hosted by Prince Charles and the Chief Constable of Norfolk, Simon Bailey. Among those receiving awards was a Special Chief Inspector who has clocked up an astonishing 12,000 hours of service, and a dog handler who has not only used his skills as a dog handler in Norfolk but also at many high-profile events across Great Britain.
Special Chief Inspector Ray Lumley has been with the Special Constabulary in the Broadlands area of South Norfolk for thirty years. Originally, working to keep the streets safe on a Friday and Saturday evening, whilst still in a full-time appointment, Ray rose through the ranks to eventually oversee around one hundred specials. He was also a member of the Specials Support Team which using their experience to provide extra training for Specials. When he had to give up his “day job” due to ill-health, he assisted with the training of new recruits by drawing on his thirty years’ experience to provide expert feedback. Through this time, he has been supported by his wife and family.
PC Jim Wells (pictured above with Prince Charles) joined the police in 1995 as a 22-year-old, and received a Long Service Award from the Prince. He spent eight years as a response officer in the Kings Lynn area, during that time he qualified to be a National Police Support Unit (PSU) instructor to enable him to train other officers in public order tactics and became a tactical advisor, offering guidance to commanders in high profile public order incidents including raves, football matches and demonstrations.
Since 2009, he has worked as a dog handler and received many commendations for his work. This work has not only taken him around Norfolk and Suffolk, but also NATO and G8 conferences and sporting events such as the 2012 Olympics and Commonwealth Games in Scotland. He is now a qualified National Police Dog trainer.
Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “This is a welcome opportunity to recognise the dedication shown by Norfolk’s officers, staff and volunteers and the time they have given over the years to help keep this county safe.
“It was a great pleasure to have HRH The Prince of Wales attend this occasion, making it all the more special for those receiving awards and they supportive families.”