A SPECIAL constable from Burton has been awarded for his community work at a ceremony held by Staffordshire Police.
Chief Constable Mike Cunningham presented Special Sergeant David Spencer with the Lord Ferrers Certificate of Recognition at the force headquarters in Stafford. He has been recognised for his work in reducing the number incidents relating to anti-social behaviour at the annual beer festival as well as helping to inform youngsters on the importance of motorcycle maintenance to reduce the number of reported incidents and problems occurring.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “One main area of concern was the annual beer festival which usually caused concern for the local community.
“David got a small team of officers together and organised an operation to address the matter. Over the last four years David has continued to police this event resulting in very few incidents.”
Special Sergeant Spencer also received praise for the work he has carried out with young motorbike owners in Burton, helping to educate them on how to be responsible riders and look after their bikes while also staying on the right side of the law. Staffordshire Police had become concerned at the use of motorbikes by 16 and 17-year-olds in and around Burton, but David stepped in to try and alleviate the problem.
The spokesman added: “David targeted the local sixth formers and gave them useful knowledge of the machines they were riding. He suggested the local neighbourhood officers got involved to deliver a course to teenagers on the riding, maintenance and management of their motorbikes.
“David continues to work closely with the local PCSO and neighbourhood officers. He is approachable and uses his local knowledge to the benefit of residents. He is always willing to put himself out and deal with any problems that arise.”