It was my pleasure last week to announce the winner of my Award for Excellence in Policing and Community Safety for 2018 as Robin Bunyard. The award recognises Robin’s outstanding work assisting the police from his business premises in Rugby.
For more than 25 years Robin has worked with a wide range of functions in the force providing facilities, support and guidance in all matters vehicle-related, being principally responsible for the recovery of vehicles which are involved in police investigations and following road traffic collisions on behalf of the force.
Over and above this he supplies Warwickshire Police with vehicle examination facilities at no cost, as well as giving disposal vehicles for free, which the force uses for officer training exercises. .
Robin has a welcoming demeanour and a great sense of humour which puts people at ease and this is recognised by officers and police staff who visit his premises to fulfil policing tasks, some of which can be unpleasant, such as the examination of vehicles after fatal road collisions. Robin is also a font of knowledge and advice for the public who visit his premises, guiding them in the ‘what next’ steps to take following a road traffic collision and on document production at police front counters.
This public-spiritedness has come at personal cost to Robin and his family, who have seen some very trying times over the years, including receiving threats and intimidation while conducting police vehicle removals. Ten years ago his business suffered a very traumatic arson attack as a reprisal for its involvement with the police, which required a complete relocation while the premises were rebuilt at substantial personal cost.
Despite all of this, whatever has been asked of Robin and his business, he has worked tirelessly to provide. As he now starts partial retirement, it seems a fitting time to recognise Robin’s many achievements.
I was delighted to hand over the award during the Chief Constable's commendations evening in Leamington Spa, where many examples of outstanding police work were recognised. You can read more about them on the force website here. I am sure you will join me in offering congratulations to all of those receiving commendations.