DEDICATED special sergeant Nigel Todd was awarded for the time and work he volunteers to Wiltshire Police at the Force’s awards ceremony.

While all specials must complete 16 hours a month of voluntary policing, last year he carried out 1200 hours of work, alongside his day job at an IT company.

Speaking at the awards last night, Mr Todd, 58, said: “Specials have changed massively since I first joined, they are a lot more integrated now with other teams. Although we are voluntary led we like to act professionally, and our ranks mirror police ranks.Part of my role is encouraging and training specials which is a great part of the job.

“It is nice to be recognised in this way. I plan to continue my work with Wiltshire Police even more, although I have been told not to complete another 1200 hours next year!”Sgt Todd joined in 1992 and since then has become known as the most dedicated and effective officer to resolve local issues in the force. Last year he was awarded the Regional Special constable of the year and this year he was given the Chief Constable’s Certificate of Excellence during the ceremony in Devizes Corn Exchange.