Special day at the Palace for Martin
15 February 2013
Special Constable Martin Hovenden, awarded an MBE in the New
Year Honours List for 31 years of voluntary service to Sussex
police, received his award from Her Majesty the Queen at
Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (February 13).
Martin, who also works full-time as a public enquiry supervisor
at Hastings police station, joined the force as a special constable
in Rye in September 1981. Since that time he has put in well over
20,000 hours performing his role. In addition to this, he worked
with police cadets for ten years and is regularly cited as an
inspiration to young people who choose policing as a career.
On receiving his award Martin said: "It was a momentous day and
I was very proud and privileged to be presented my MBE by the
Queen. I felt honoured to have been selected to receive such a
prestigious award for a job I enjoy doing."
The Special Constabulary forms part of the extended police
family (EPF) which is also made up of police cadets and volunteers.
They are all volunteer roles and the members work really hard to
support policing in Sussex.
EPF lead Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett congratulated
Martin on receiving his award saying: "This is an outstanding
achievement and one of which Martin should be extremely proud.
Throughout his service Martin has provided invaluable support both
to the community and to his policing colleagues. Alongside his work
as a special constable and a member of police staff he has inspired
many young people through the police cadets scheme. I am delighted
that his contribution to policing in Sussex has been recognised as
the Special Constabulary is an integral part of our policing
Martin is always keen to promote the role of special constable
to new recruits and at the end of last month, along with a
colleague, he spent a shift with the new Sussex Police and Crime
Commissioner Katie Bourne, who has pledged to increase the number
of 'specials' employed by Sussex Police. They showed her around the
district and talked to her about both the challenges and the
rewards of the role.
East Sussex Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Neil
Honnor said: "I'd like to thank Martin for his commitment to Sussex
Police. This award is well deserved for all the fantastic work he
has done over the past 31 years. He is a valued member of the East
Sussex team and an excellent example of the difference volunteers
can make in their local communities."
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