A Special Constable who reduced anti-social behaviour by 25 per cent in Rotherham, has been recognised at the Lord Ferrers Awards, which celebrates volunteers in policing.
Twenty-four year old Abaid Hussain has dedicated six years of his spare time to Rotherham Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, starting out as a Cadet, progressing to Cadet Leader and then Special Constable.
Hussain was presented with the ‘Ferrers Special Constabulary – Individual Award’ for his drive on the Rotherham Town Centre Street Drinking and Begging Plan, which lead to a significant reduction in anti-social behaviour.
Inspector Jennifer Lax, of Rotherham Central Neighbourhood Policing Team said, “Abaid has worked tirelessly in the town centre for the past twelve months, addressing problems and issues with individuals and premises, mainly in relation to issues of anti-social behaviour.
“He was prolific in enforcing the towns Public Space Protection order, demonstrating considerable courage by seizing alcohol, making arrests and challenging problem sellers of alcohol. His intervention has led to a significant reduction in street drinking and begging incidents.
“Above all, Abaid is the most committed volunteer I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”
PC Abaid Hussain said, “I feel very honoured to have been nominated, let alone win the award. I joined the special constabulary, as I wanted to find a volunteer role where I could make a real positive difference. Winning this award has confirmed to me that I have made a difference within Rotherham Town Centre and the local community.
“This award also recognises the great team behind me, those who helped me to make a real difference and helped support me.
“If you are thinking of becoming a Special Constable, I say ‘go for it’ I joined and have never looked back! It has helped me so much to fulfil my ambition of becoming a full time police officer, which is a career that I have always wanted to do.”
This month, Abaid has gone on to join Derbyshire Police as a full time police constable.
If you are interested in becoming a Special Constable, come along to our presentation event in Sheffield on Tuesday 23 October. Find out more and register here: https://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/sign-up/to-volunteer-with-syp/to-be-a-special-constable/applying-to-be-a-special-constable/
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