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Wigan Officer’s Special Commitment to Policing Local Communities
Monday 2nd October, 2006

Wigan Officer’s Special Commitment to Policing Local Communities

A Wigan officer has been named Special Constable of the Year for his commitment to policing in Ashton-in-Makerfield and Wigan.

Special Constable (SC) Philip Marczak, from Leigh, who regularly gives up 35 hours of his free time each week to help the Hindley Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), was presented with a silver salver for his overall performance in policing Wigan’s communities.

He picked up the award at Sedgley Park training school on Sunday 1 October 2006 as part of Greater Manchester Police’s Special Constabulary Annual Review.

As well as serving local residents, SC Marczak, age 21, is also regularly involved in policing the night-time economy in both Ashton and Wigan town centres at the weekends. He also takes part in several operations to tackle key crimes such as burglary, robbery and vehicle crime and over the last 12 months he has worked a remarkable 1,682 hours.

Since July 2004, amongst other work, he has made 20 arrests, submitted 60 crime reports, issued 60 anti social behaviour cards, and conducted 39 stop and accounts, which has helped to make the Hindley Neighbourhood a safer place to live.

SC Marczak has also been awarded for the way he has gained the full respect of his colleagues and built up great rapport with local communities. He has been heavily involved in organising special constable recruitment activities at local events and managing the attendance of special constables to police the large number of church walks undertaken on the area.

Wigan’s Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Lee Bruckshaw, said: “Special constables play an important role in policing, supporting full time officers in fighting crime and protecting people. Congratulations to Philip on his award and the commitment he has shown to policing the communities of Wigan. His confidence and knowledge when dealing with incidents is remarkable. Philip’s regular attendance, reliability, commitment to policing and the way he has embraced his appointment and integrated himself as a member of the police family, is second to none.”

Special Constable Marczak said: “I am really pleased to have received this award, however this work is a real team effort. Not only is this recognition a great achievement for myself but it is also fantastic for the colleagues who I work with. I really enjoy being a special constable and the best thing about this job is knowing that you could have made a difference to someone’s life by just being there to help.”

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