A SPECIAL constable from South Cumbria has won the county's top honour.

Greg Howard, 24, who is a volunteer from Barrow, has been awarded Cumbria Constabulary Special Constable of the Year.

It follows his outstanding commitment to his local community, said police.

He was presented with it by temporary Chief Constable Bernard Lawson, alongside the High Sheriff Martyn Hart.

Out of six people nominated, Greg was chosen for his 'high level of performance and dedication.

Paul Cretney, chief constable of the Special Constabulary, said: “Greg is our special of the year because he has also created and delivered on a number of key projects to tackle anti-social behaviour and reduce theft within the local Barrow area, directly addressing community problems.”

Chief Inspector David Bosson, said: “We are really proud that Greg has been recognised for his commitment to Cumbria Constabulary Between April 2013 until the February 2014, Greg worked over 1,180 voluntary hours for Barrow Neighbourhood Policing Team. 

“He made significant contribution in helping to reducing anti-social behaviour and was involved in a number of proactive operations. He also carried out 28 arrests and assisted in another 37.

“Overall, Greg is a credit to Cumbria Constabulary and the Special’s and this recognition is well deserved.”

Mr Howard himself said: "The recognition I have got for receiving this award makes all the voluntary work I have done for the Constabulary feel worthwhile and gives me even more motivation to continue carrying out proactive work in the South of Cumbria.”

“As soon as I started working out of Barrow Police Station I knew it was the right role for me and I enjoyed every minute of volunteering.

“I enjoy being a Special Constable with Cumbria Constabulary as you get a variety of opportunities to develop your own skills, and you also get the opportunity to work with various departments in the force from Neighbourhood policing teams to working alongside the operational support unit."