Posted on 18th October 2018
Pictured above, left to right are: Scott McPherson, Director General of the Crime, Policing and Fire Group at the Home Office, Geoff Monk, owner of Global Coach Tours and High Peak special constable and Alex Paradise from the Derbyshire Constabulary Citizens in Policing team
Global Coach Tours, a small family company, run by Derbyshire special constable Geoff Monk has won a Lord Ferrers Award.
The Lord Ferrers Awards – which is in its 25th year – celebrate the contributions of special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets.
At the ceremony held in London, on Tuesday (October 16) Geoff Monk was presented with the award which marks Global Coach Tours contribution to Employer Supported Policing (ESP). The company allows its employees five days per month in paid leave to volunteer in policing, which equates to the biggest employee ESP allowance in England and Wales.
Given the company’s size and resources this commitment goes above and beyond what might be expected, with contributions from Global Coach Tours employees equating to 25% of ESP hours in the Derbyshire area.
When considering joining the scheme, Geoff who is special constable in the High Peak area said:
"I see ESP as a win-win situation, which is why I have decided to take my business into the scheme.
“Employees become more aware of the law and acquire skills that can be brought back into the workforce.
“It improves morale and helps develop more well-rounded employees. On top of that the police get more support to keep Derbyshire’s community safe. It’s a no brainer.”
Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said:
“Each year, I am amazed by the innovation, dedication and selflessness shown by the nominees for the Lord Ferrers Awards.
“Global Coach Tours supports its staff to make a significant contribution to their community, and I’m delighted that their efforts have been recognised.”
Police forces in England and Wales and members of the public submitted over 700 nominations this year, the highest number ever received in the Lord Ferrers Awards’ quarter-century history. A total of 53 exceptional candidates were shortlisted.
Winners and runners-up received awards across ten categories at the ceremony at Millbank Tower, which the Policing Minister attended.
This year was the first in which volunteers from the Office of Police and Crime Commissioners were honoured.
Former BBC News presenter Sir Martyn Lewis hosted the event, which was sponsored by Police Mutual.