Hartlepool police volunteer scoops honour for 50 years’ service

From left: Deputy Lieutenant David Kerfoot, PCC Barry Coppinger, Karel Simpson and Chief Constable Iain Spittal.
From left: Deputy Lieutenant David Kerfoot, PCC Barry Coppinger, Karel Simpson and Chief Constable Iain Spittal.

A selfless volunteer has been honoured by Cleveland Police after reaching fifty years of charitable service.

Karel Simpson, 70, became a volunteer in 1967 when he joined the Special Constabulary in Hartlepool.

I have truely enjoyed my time as a volunteer with Cleveland Police

Karel Simpson

He continued to rise through the ranks to special superintendent, before becoming a volunteer rural and heritage crime reduction coordinator in March last year.

Throughout his time as a volunteer, Karel has been presented with a number of accolades, including the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and a local hero award.

Karel has encountered a variety of incidents during his service, including delivering a baby in 1970, when he arrived at a home before the midwife.

Whilst volunteering, he worked in the steel industry at the plants in Hartlepool and Redcar as a safety advisor.

To honour his dedication Karel was handed a Chief Constable’s Commendation from Chief Constable Iain Spittal.

Karel said: “I can honestly say that I have truly enjoyed my time as a volunteer with Cleveland Police and will hopefully continue to volunteer for years to come.

“I have seen a great deal over the decades as a special constable.”

Chief Constable Iain Spittal, said: “Karel is probably one of the longest serving volunteers on Teesside and should be applauded for the dedication that he has shown to public service over the last six decades, and all in his free time.

“Our volunteers are invaluable and their passion for the work they do greatly improves the service that we deliver to communities.”