South Yorkshire bus firm wins award for work with police

Superintendent Neil Thomas, First Bus Inspector Dave Shore,  Police nspector Paul Ferguson and First Bus Inspector Roy Sharp
Superintendent Neil Thomas, First Bus Inspector Dave Shore, Police nspector Paul Ferguson and First Bus Inspector Roy Sharp

A bus company in South Yorkshire is on the right road to tackling anti-social behaviour thanks to a partnership with South Yorkshire Police.

First South Yorkshire is celebrating after winning a national award for its efforts to stamp out trouble on its buses and in communities it serves.

The partnership won the ‘Employer Supported Policing’ category at this year’s Lord Ferrers Awards, which recognise the contributions of volunteers in policing.

The award was presented at a ceremony at the House of Commons, attended by Home Secretary Theresa May.

Superintendent Neil Thomas said: “First South Yorkshire is an exemplar of the virtues of employer supported policing.

“Across the county, community police teams have been faced with an operational challenge to remedy patterns of offending behaviour and without First’s partnership approach this problem could not have been so effectively targeted.”

First South Yorkshire allowed special constables in plain clothing to travel on ‘Trojan buses’ through high risk areas looking to catch offenders in the act.

Supt Thomas added: “Without the use of the company’s buses the Trojan bus operations could not have been achieved. This has been an area of pride and acclaim for our Specials.

“It has been an area of business to call their own, providing practical and meaningful support to regular colleagues, which literally would not or could not have been so effectively provided in any other way.”

Paul Flanagan, of First South Yorkshire, said: “This is fantastic recognition of the work that our staff do in partnership with South Yorkshire Police in keeping bus travel safe for the communities we serve.”