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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Award for Cumbrian police officer 'who puts others before herself'

A police officer who oversees the work of volunteer bobbies has been highly commended for her leadership at a national awards ceremony.

Shirley Murray photo
Cressida Dick, left, presents Shirley Murray with her award

PC Shirley Murray was nominated by colleagues in Cumbria for her “fantastic work ethic and ability to put others before herself”.

She is the county force’s co-ordinater for special constables – volunteers officers – and others who give up their time for free to perform roles in policing.

PC Murray joined Cumbria Police in 1992 as an officer based at Whitehaven and has worked in various areas. She currently works mainly from Workington.

Force chiefs say she has revolutionised the role of special constables by introducing features including a rank structure.

PC Murray collected her award from Cressida Dick, assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, at the British Association of Women Policing Awards ceremony in Cardiff.

“I was stunned,” said PC Murray.

“Winning the award is fantastic and I am proud to be able to represent the force in this way.

“But the most special thing for me is that special constables, supervisors and colleagues have recognised the work I do and have taken the time out of their busy lives to put the nomination together.”

Cumbria’s assistant chief constable, Jerry Graham, said: “Shirley is a hugely respected officer who dedicates her full-time and energy to every aspect of her policing work.

“We are all very proud of her.”

PC Rob Ewin, a former special constable, added: “Shirley is your best friend, mother and someone we can all talk with when we need it most.

“She makes time for her colleagues.”

The force says her belief in the role and skills of special constables has been proved correct numerous times when volunteer bobbies have been recruited as regular officers.

Police chiefs say that in most cases the transition has been down to PC Murray.

Chief Inspector Rod Mackay said: “She never has to be asked and the competence with which she fulfils her role, together with her energy, makes working with her a pleasure.”

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