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Sheriffs’ Award

August 1 is the deadline for nominations for the 2012 Sheriffs’ Award.  For a nomination form and further information, visit Although the Award belongs to the City of London, nominations are sought from across England and Wales and are open to any person as well as members of the emergency services and the armed forces. The intention is to formally recognise the individual who without thought of their own safety has acted to confront danger to another or their property and to celebrate such selflessness as an inspiration to other citizens.  



The 2012 Award to the winner will be presented by the Sheriffs at the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Annual Dinner at Fishmongers’ Hall in on Tuesday, October 16.  The Awards of Certificates to the runners-up will be presented at the Company’s Common Hall – a large formal occasion held at Vintners’ Hall on Monday, November 26.  In both instances, travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed.


The winner receives a trophy, a framed certificate and a cheque for £2,000. By order of the Sheriffs, the winner’s name is permanently inscribed on an Honours Board and in a Book of Honour which are on permanent display at the Central Criminal Court – The Old Bailey. 


The Old Bailey was the venue for Nigel Churton MBE the then Master of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the Right Honourable Alderman David Wootton, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman and Sheriff Alan Yarrow and Sheriff Wendy Mead CC, to launch the 2012 Sheriffs’ Award.  Also present to witness the launch and the unveiling of the Sheriff’s Award Honours Board were six past Sheriffs, two past Award Winners, five Judges, Liverymen and guests from the City and the Old Bailey. 


Sheriff Wendy Mead said: “One of the highlights of a privileged year in office as Sheriff of this great City of London is to be part of a scheme which recognises acts of extraordinary public service, under duress and often in dangerous situations.  This is all the more commendable in a climate of detachment engendered by the fear of becoming involved shown by the vast majority of the public. As Sheriff, I have read amazing Citations of many remarkable people who have disregarded their own safety to protect the safety and well-being of others and I am proud to present Awards to these gallant and selfless individuals”. 


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Gerald Moor the Company Master has asked members of the Company to act as eyes and ears for any episode of bravery or courage worthy of recognition.   


He said: “No doubt in your day to day lives you will have witnessed acts of bravery carried out not only by members of the public, but also by those carrying out their professional working duties.  This is your opportunity to recognise these acts and to nominate those people who you believe are worthy of receiving this special award. The Sheriffs’ Award, run by the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and endorsed by the Sheriffs of the City of London, is designed to recognise and honour a person that has shown courage and initiative in protecting people, property or liberty.  All nominations are judged by a committee consisting of the Sheriffs of the City of London, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, and including representatives from the City of London and Metropolitan Police Services, the British Transport Police, the Fire Brigade, the Ambulance Service and other relevant parties.”  


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