High Sheriff's Award for police student who goes 'that extra mile'

PUBLISHED: 10:38 12 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:10 20 February 2013

(L-R) Countess Elizabeth Howe, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire; Mark Alger; Stuart Norton, Department Manager for Criminal Justice & Social Studies.

(L-R) Countess Elizabeth Howe, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire; Mark Alger; Stuart Norton, Department Manager for Criminal Justice & Social Studies.

A Buckinghamshire New University policing student who has become the first from the University to become a Special Sergeant with Thames Valley Police has received a commendation in the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire's annual awards.

A Buckinghamshire New University policing student who has become the first from the University to become a Special Sergeant with Thames Valley Police has received a commendation in the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshires annual awards.

Mark Alger, 23, who is studying BSc (Hons) Police Studies with Criminal Investigation at the University in High Wycombe, regularly completes up to 50-60 hours per month as a Special Sergeant in the town - far beyond the required 16 hours per month.

Stuart Norton, Department Manager for Criminal Justice & Social Studies,nominated Mark, a third year student, for his work as a Special Sergeant, as well as his contribution to community cohesion projects in High Wycombe and his support at open days and study events.

Mark, who is from Upton, near Poole in Dorset, received a certificate from Countess Elizabeth Howe,High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, at the High Sheriffs Awards ceremony in March. He was joined by parents Dawn and John, who travelled from their home in Dorset.

The proud awardee said: It is fantastic and really quite overwhelming to be recognised in this way. When I first heard I had been nominated I was pretty speechless but I will just continue with the same level of effort because Im doing something I love and enjoy.

Mark said he hoped to become afull-time police officer with Thames Valley Police after he graduates later this year.

Mr Norton said Mark was diligent, dedicated and driven. He added: Marks drive to go that extra mile has seen him become the first special constable from the University to gain a position as a Special Sergeant within Thames Valley Police.



This is in addition to the course requirements, his many other student-based activities and the support he provides to our course. It has been a privilege to lecture Mark. He is an admirable individual who I was proud to put forward for this award.



Inspector Luke Pillinger, of Thames Valley Police, based inHigh Wycombe said: Mark has impressed us with his commitment and dedication and fully deserves the award. We are lucky to have some excellent Special Constables who greatly assist with the work we do in High Wycombe.

Lady Howe said the awards had been presented to people who had either contributed in an exceptional way to improving the lives of others in the community or gone that extra mile to give a service to others.

She added: Mark is an exceptionally focused young man who thoroughly deserves recognition for his commitment to the wellbeing of people in the wider community.

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