A volunteer policeman from Wolverhampton is top of the cops after winning a national prize.
Andy Moon, who juggles a full-time job with volunteering up to 16 hours a week with West Midlands Police, was named best special constable at the Home Office's Ferrers Awards.
He was presented with the trophy by Police Minister Tony McNulty at a ceremony in London yesterday.
"I was shocked when I heard I had won this award, but also feel very proud and privileged to have received it," Mr Moon said.
"Everyone at West Midlands Police, from my colleagues to senior officers, have looked after me and this award is really for everyone on my team."
Mr Moon, who has a day job in air traffic control flight planning, has also won seven local awards for performance and bravery during his three years as a special constable.
He is now in charge of the best performing section in the Wolverhampton West operational command unit and has won praise for helping to reduce crime in the area.
His team tackled crime hotspots and anti-social behaviour in the Warstones area so successfully that within six months gangs of youths who used to congregate had almost completely disappeared.
"My dad was a policeman in Wolverhampton for 33 years. I think it is in the blood," Mr Moon said."
However, he has no intention of joining the force full time.
"At the moment I have a good full-time job and I have the best of both worlds," he said.
"It is great to be able to get out of the office and go out with the police - it's exciting."