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Special Chief Inspector Steve Greenwood gets British Empire Medal

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Special Chief Inspector Steve Greenwood

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A Chief Inspector from our Special Constabulary, who volunteered an incredible 573 hours to BTP last year, has been awarded a British Empire Medal.

S/Chief Inspector Steve Greenwood has been part of the police family ever since seeing an advert to become a special back in 1994. He juggles his volunteering with a full-time job as a facilities and travel manager for an investment firm.

The 43-year-old said: “I’m absolutely honoured to be recognised. I found out about eight weeks ago – my husband and I came home and there was a letter there from the Cabinet Office – so we opened it together. It’s been interesting trying to keep it quiet since!”

As part of his job, Steve co-ordinates the movements of BTP’s Special Constabulary – made up of hundreds of volunteers. Most recently, he came to work following the horrific attack at London Bridge, volunteering 22 hours over two days to make sure special constables were out in force. A huge proportion of them volunteered to come in on the same day.

He said: “They always say the public are police officers and police officers are the public – well, specials are the personification of that.

“I love putting back into the community through policing. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing you have helped someone – be that if they’ve lost someone, or if they’ve been the victim of a crime – you know you’ve made a difference to their lives in some way."

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