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Dereck Grant Honoured at the British Transport Police Citizens in Policing Awards

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On 5th June 2024, Dereck Grant, Railway Mission chaplain for the East of Scotland, was honoured with an award at the British Transport Police Citizens in Policing Awards. The ceremony took place at Islington Assembly Hall in London.

Dereck Grant was recognised for his exceptional act of compassion and duty on a particularly challenging day. Dereck received a distressing call from an individual at Dunbar station who was in severe emotional distress and had intentions of ending his life. Despite the intensity of the situation, Dereck responded with remarkable calm and empathy.

Dereck spent the morning at the station, providing unwavering support and ensuring that the individual felt heard and cared for. His efforts culminated in successfully connecting the person with the necessary mental health support services. Before leaving, Dereck took additional responsible steps by informing the station staff and the Station Team Manager about the individual’s state and potential return, enhancing ongoing vigilance and care.

This incident highlights Dereck’s dedication not only to safety but also to the mental well-being of the public. His proactive and thoughtful response under such intense pressure undoubtedly saved a life and provided a chance for recovery and hope.

Dereck’s actions exemplify the highest values of the British Transport Police, demonstrating extraordinary commitment and humanity in the line of duty. Therefore, it is with great admiration and respect that we celebrate Dereck Grant’s brave and compassionate service through this well-deserved award.

In the picture above, Allan Gregory, Assistant Chief Constable for Network Policing, is seen presenting the award to Dereck Grant. This recognition serves as a testament to Dereck’s unwavering dedication and the positive impact he has had on the community.

Image credit: Railway Mission

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