Dedicated student from Epsom wins award for his role as special constable
17th September 2012
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A hard-working student has won an award for his work as a special police constable after clocking up 130 hours in a single month.

Jonathan Quaife, from Epsom, graduated with a police studies degree from Bucks New University last September. 

The 23-year-old, who attended Therfield School in Leatherhead, completed training as a special constable as part of his degree - and impressed Thames Valley Police enough to be awarded an Outstanding Dedication and Commitment to Work Related Working award. 

Based in Wycombe police station, Mr Quaife went above and beyond his required 18 hours a month - clocking up 130 hours of work in just one month.  He attended incidents ranging from domestic violence to road traffic collisions, as well as being stationed at the Olympic rowing venue at Dorney Lake.

He said: "It is very nice to think that I have built up a good reputation with colleagues at Thames Valley Police in a relatively short period of time.

"I always wanted to go in to the police service and my work so far should prove invaluable for my future career, and the award is the icing on the cake.

"I have been complimented on my easy manner and my approach to dealing with the public.

"These are all important parts of being a police officer and, through my studies, it has been very satisfying to provide support to Thames Valley Police and also learn on the job too."

Inspector Tim McGirr, of Thames Valley Police’s neighbourhood policing team in High Wycombe, presented Mr Quaife with his award and commended his worth ethic.

He said: "Jonathan has worked tremendously hard and been committed to his work, overcoming challenges, gaining new experiences and learning about policing.

"This is another example on how the degree in Police Studies at Bucks New University gives the opportunity for flexible learning, with students having the opportunity to get out into the streets and make a real difference, whilst having the knowledge to help them do their job to the best of their ability.

"I would like to congratulate Jonathan on his achievement and wish him the best of luck in his career."

Article from Hardeep Matharu at epsomguardian

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