I'm part of a great team, says special sergeant
Sergeant David Baxendale has been named Leicestershire's top member of the Special Constabulary.
By day, the 48-year-old married father-of-two is an environmental health officer in Warwickshire.
By night – and at other times, when he's free – he works alongside officers at Hinckley police station. Specials give their time freely to help the fight against crime and have all the powers of regular officers, wear the same uniform and carry the same equipment.
However, they combine their unpaid roles as police officers with family life, full-time jobs or studies.
Now promoted to the rank of sergeant, his senior officers say he has excelled at the scenes of road accidents and dealt with crimes with "calm and respect".
He won the Saville Cup – named after former Leicestershire Police Authority chairman David Saville – at Wednesday night's ceremony.
Sgt Baxendale said: "I joined four years ago, so I suppose I was a late starter.
"I read about the Special Constabulary on a website, discussed it with my wife and decided I could fit it in with my professional and family lives.
"I'm part of a great team. It's great work and I would strongly recommend it to anyone."