A SPECIAL Constable from Hucknall has been thanked at an awards ceremony in the town.
SC MARTIN SHEPHERD (pictured) was commended at the event at the Arrow Centre (formerly the International Clothing Centre), off Annesley Road, for his core policing skills and ability to communicate with the public.
He was also recognised for his proactive approach to arrests during a year in which he attended more than 140 incidents.
The Hucknall man has been among the officers involved in Operation Anemone, which aims to reduce alcohol-related crime.
Martin, who has been a special constable for two years, said the ceremony was a proud night. “I wanted to help my community and the people who live in Hucknall,” he said.
“I have wanted to do it all my life. It is easy to sit around and complain about crime but I wanted to do something about it.”
SC Shepherd is a self-employed graphic designer who works completely voluntarily for the police for about 20 hours a week and patrols the town at night during weekends. He said: “It is all about showing a high-visibility presence and dealing with crime and disorder.
“A few years ago, Hucknall was known for its problems but since Operation Anemone started, the problems have dropped considerably.
“You still get the odd bit of trouble but that is the case in every town centre.
“I find it rewarding when you deal with a problem and someone thanks you. But it is also a challenge. My friends think I am certifiably insane!”