A long-serving figure in Horsham police said he was ‘happy and proud’ to have been honoured for his work as a special constable.
Neil Worth was awarded the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal, presented to special constables who have contributed nine years of service to the police force.
He said: “I was very happy and proud to have been awarded with a medal for my service to the communities of East Grinstead, where I started, and the Horsham district.
“It was made extra special as I was accompanied by my wife and children on the day!”
Neil became a special constable in 1996 and served until 2004, when he became a PCSO. He rejoined as a special constable in 2012.
The Long Service and Good Conduct Ceremony was held at Slaugham Manor on Wednesday December 10.
The medals and certificates were presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for East Sussex, Peter Field, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II.
The High Sheriffs of East and West Sussex attended the ceremony, as well as senior Sussex Police figures including chief constable Giles York and Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.
The medal was instigated by King George V to recognise the service given by special constables during the First World War, Neil said, but was later expanded to include all specials.