Tributes paid to a “special constable and a special man”

Just Regional
May 6, 2020 3 mins read

Tributes have been paid to Norfolk Special Constable Graham Eaves, who died on Sunday.

Graham, who was based at Sprowston, had been a special constable for 30 years and based in the Broadland District since 2010. He has numerous recognitions for his tireless work, including, most recently, a Norfolk Special Constabulary Chief Officer’s Certificate commended for his swift action preventing an assault on his colleagues whilst in custody last year.

Graham Eaves, a special constable who has died at the age of 65.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “We are thinking of Graham’s family at this very difficult time. As a Special Constable, he embodied all the traits we look for in our dedicated volunteers; determination, positivity and a drive to help others. He was part of our police family for nearly three decades, we are incredibly grateful for all his time and commitment and he will be very much missed by all his colleagues and friends.”

Special Chief Officer Darren Taylor said: “Our thoughts are with Graham’s wife, children, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.  The news came as a shock to all of us, Graham was a friend and dedicated officer – his enthusiasm, positive attitude and humour will be remembered by everyone that met him.  He was a caring individual who thought of others first and would take the time to support their development and growth, he was a great mentor and the person you would want by your side when attending an incident.  He will be greatly missed.”

Graham, who was 65, joined as a special constable in June 1991 and served at Bethel Street Police Station both as a special constable and special sergeant in response policing as well as a range of proactive shifts on the retail theft unit, public order and community-focused roles.

Passionate about his role to help communities, he tackled anti-social behaviour, building rapport with repeat offenders and agencies and focusing on tackling the root cause of criminality and ensuring support was in place. He worked alongside health workers to help vulnerable and hard-to-reach members of the community such as sex workers to tackle criminality but also provide support.

In 2010, Graham transferred to Sprowston police station, opting to revert rank to a Special Constable and focus on the aspects of the role he enjoyed of operational policing and coaching and mentoring student officers as well as supporting the local Police Cadet unit.

Lorne Green, Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, said: “My thoughts are with Graham’s family and friends at this difficult time. The tributes from his policing family are testament to Graham’s nature, character and dedication to serving the Norfolk public as a member of the special constabulary, reflecting the impact he had, not only on his policing colleagues but also on the communities he served.

 “People who give of themselves freely in the service of others are special. Graham was a Special Constable; he was also a special man.”

His death is not thought to be covid-19 related.

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