50 years of dedication from volunteer Karel

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

50 years of dedication from volunteer Karel Karel Simpson, 70, became a volunteer in 1967 when he joined the Special Constabulary in Hartlepool. 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 Queens Golden Jubilee Medal and a local hero award.

Karel has encountered a variety of incidents during his service, including a rare moment when he delivered a baby in 1970, arriving to the home address before the midwife.

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

To formally mark his years as a volunteer Karel has been handed a Chief Constable’s Commendation from Chief Constable Iain Spittal at a recent awards ceremony.

Commenting on his years of service, 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, delivering a baby was certainly one of the highlights – it wasn’t called Karel in the end, but it was still a proud moment for me!.”

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.”