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‘He epitomises what the Special Constabulary is all about’: Volunteer cop praised by police chief after scooping prestigious prize at Pride of Gedling awards

He has been shot at by robbers, arrested two murderers and saved the life of a toddler found choking to death.

Now the community he has loyally served for nearly half a century has shown their gratitude by presenting him with one of the borough’s highest honours.

Special Constable Alan Marwood was greeted by a standing ovation as he took to the stage on Wednesday night to collect his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pride of Gedling ceremony in Arnold.

It was revealed by radio presenter and award host Gareth Evans that the volunteer cop has experienced things that most full-time police officers would never come across during their service, including coming face-to-face with and arresting two murderers.

He’s even been shot at whilst trying to stop robbers who had targeted a cash-in-transit van in Upper Parliament Street whilst on patrol in 1978, and in 1998, Alan was one of the first officers on scene at a street in St Ann’s, where two people had been stabbed.

Alan, who also doubles up as a fully trained advanced Paramedic, has also been responsible for saving the lives of countless people during his time with the force, including that of a two year old boy, who was choking near to where he was on patrol.

PICTURED: Special constable Alan Marwood, centre, with his Lifetime Achievement Award
ON DUTY: Special constable Alan Marwood (PICTURE: Notts Police)

Special Inspector Neil Healey is delighted that Alan has been recognised for his dedicated service to the force.

He said: “Alan thoroughly deserves this award for his dedicated service of almost 50 years to the people of Gedling Borough, and beyond.

“His fellow Special Constables are very proud to have him amongst our ranks with his breadth of knowledge and experience – well done Alan!”

Alan’s boss, Chief Inspector Suk Verma, also heaped praise on the Special Constable.

He said: “Alan has achieved something spectacular: 49-years volunteering to support the public of Nottinghamshire is truly phenomenal.

“I am thrilled to hear of Alan’s success at the Pride of Gedling Awards and I cannot think of a better recipient.”

The Chief Inspector, who also heads-up the force’s Citizens in Policing Department, added: “I first met Alan in 2002 at Carlton, and was amazed to see the dedication and commitment on a weekly basis, as he worked tirelessly to serve his local community.

“I remember having a conversation with my father over a beer in regards to the Special Constabulary, and even he remembered Alan from the 1980s at Sneinton.

“Alan epitomises what the Special Constabulary is all about; unbelievably dedicated people, whose values and ethics ought to be bottled up and sold to make the world a better place.

“It wills me with great pride to be the Citizens in Policing lead for Nottinghamshire Police, and even more so when I hear of such amazing achievements being recognised on such a large scale – well done Alan!”

Alan continues to play an active role within Nottinghamshire Police and continues to share his vast knowledge and experiences with the new recruits and fellow colleagues.

You can read our all coverage of the Pride of Gedling awards here.

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