Special Constable Dax Byrne-Turner has been named British Transport Police North West Area’s inaugural Special Constable of the Year.
In a ceremony held at BTP’s area headquarters last week, Dax, a student at the University of Central Lancashire, beat off stiff competition from fellow Special Constables Ryan Lee, Rachael Cobain and Simon Bowler to take the title.
Presenting the award to Dax, Area Commander Chief Superintendent Peter Holden said:
“Dax is commended for his enthusiasm, initiative and excellent organisational skills which he has demonstrated since becoming a Special Constable at Preston in 2011 whilst undertaking a foundation degree course in the Science of Policing at the University of Central Lancashire.
“Dax has demonstrated a high level of commitment, interest and understanding in addressing the Force’s priority of tackling the problem of metal theft on the railway, resulting in him planning and organising an area day of action in the Preston area.
“This initiative involved four borough councils, Home Office police forces, Network Rail and other outside agencies such as utility companies, and was subject to local and national media interest.”
Despite Dax claiming the main prize Chief Supt Holden also praised the work of all Special Constables within NW Area whose ‘commitment to BTP, in giving their spare time to help the Force, the railway and the general public, is highly commendable’.