Special Sergeant named overall winner in coveted volunteer awards

Special Sergeant named overall winner in coveted volunteer awards

Special Sergeant named overall winner in coveted volunteer awards

A Special Sergeant who last year dedicated more than 930 hours of his own time to policing North Lincolnshire streets has been recognised as the top volunteer in the whole of the Humber region.

Special Sergeant Shane O’Neill was given two HEY Smile Foundation Volunteer Awards at a virtual ceremony.

The first was in the category of Public Service Volunteers for his fantastic commitment and dedication as a Special Constable; and he then went on to win the coveted overall Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award, chosen from the pool of winners from all the categories.

Special Superintendent Joe Broderick said: “There are some fantastic volunteers both within our force and working with organisations and charities across the region, so to have one of our Special Officers win not only his category but also the overall Volunteer of the Year award is really fantastic.

“It highlights just how hard Shane works every time he is on shift and the impact that he has made in the nine years that he has volunteered with us.

“As a Special Officer, Shane has all the same powers and wears the same uniform as a full-time paid officer but he does it all on a voluntary basis in his own time, alongside working a full-time job in the healthcare industry.”

He continued: “I can think of multiple examples of situations where Shane’s actions have undoubtedly helped to make our streets safer.

“From stopping and searching vehicles and recovering drugs and weapons, to arresting offenders for crimes including burglary, domestic abuse and drugs offences, Shane is never afraid to take action against those intent on causing harm to our communities.”

Hey Smile Foundation Chief Executive Andy Barber said: “We like to celebrate volunteers across our patch with these awards, whether they are working within a statutory organisation, a voluntary organisation or doing things off their own backs. [Shane] almost encompasses all three of those.

“He stands out as outstanding for us because of the time, effort and dedication both on the frontline and behind it.

“Shane O’Neill is an outstanding representation for us as a community here in Hull, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.”

If you are interested in joining Humberside Police’s Special Constabulary you can find out more information here

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