Special silver service for Barnsley driver

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Paul Keating with his silver award
Paul Keating with his silver award

Driver rewarded for using skills to prevent crime on buses

Barnsley Stagecoach driver Paul Keating has been presented with a special award for his commitment to cutting crime on public transport.

Paul, from Hoyland, picked up the silver community accolade at the 2011 Stagecoach Group Champion Awards for his efforts to help reduce vandalism and improve safety.

Paul is also a Special Constable for South Yorkshire Police and has used his dual role to fight against anti-social behaviour. He began his career as a passenger service vehicle driver for Stagecoach before progressing to a lead driver and recently a traffic controller.

The Special Constabulary is made up of volunteers who support their local police force. ‘Specials’ come from all walks of life and form a vital link between the regular police officers and the local community.

Paul’s role includes conducting intelligence-based patrols, taking part in crime prevention initiatives, enforcing road safety projects, tackling anti-social behaviour, assisting at the scene of incidents and working closely with South Yorkshire Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

The 27-year-old was presented with his award by Stagecoach UK Bus managing director, Les Warneford, at the company’s head office in Perth.

Paul said: “I love being a Special Constable for South Yorkshire Police and it has been rewarding to use the new skills I’ve learnt during my training  to help ensure Stagecoach buses remain safe and crime free for passengers.

“It was a surprise to be nominated for the award and even more so to win. I’m really proud of the award and hope it inspires others to help their community too.”

Paul Lynch, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “Paul is a fantastic ambassador for the company and an inspiration to his peers at Stagecoach too. We are delighted to recognise his hard work and determination to tackle crime onSouth Yorkshire’s roads with this community award.