A volunteer police officer who works in the South London area has been rewarded for his bravery in the face of adversity, after dealing with an aggressive tube passenger wielding an 8 inch knife, back in December last year. Arif Hamid, from Greenwich, was recognised for his dedication and for working beyond the call of duty in a ceremony at Croydon Town Hall on the 7th January, where he was awarded the title of Special Constable of the Year for British Transport Police for the South London area. Mr Hamid has clocked up over 700 voluntary hours since he joined the Service last February, over three times the minimum requirement for the post, working in a number of areas including Lambeth, Wandsworth, Croydon and Merton.
Ever the modest man, Mr Hamid told the Wandsworth Guardian, “I was genuinely surprised to win the award, especially given the excellent contributions made by my fellow nominees. This award reflects the professionalism and dedication of the officers I work alongside and I couldn’t have achieved what I have without the support of my mum and family”.
Perhaps you know of a dedicated individual from the Magdalen Estate or Wandsworth area who frequently gives up their time to help others, and who you think deserves a bit of good publicity. Get in touch with the Magdalen Estate team, and we can certainly give them a mention in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you!Google+