Special award for Barnsley busman

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DRIVING down crime on public transport is the aim of busman Paul Keating.

And he’s so good at it Paul has been presented with a special award.

Paul, from Hoyland, picked up the silver community accolade at the 2011 Stagecoach Group Champion Awards for his efforts to help reduce vandalism and improve safety.

He’s been pounding the streets of South Yorkshire on foot and by road in his dual role as a Stagecoach bus driver and a South Yorkshire Police Special Constable.

The 27-year-old was presented with his award by Stagecoach UK bus managing director Les Warneford.

Paul said: “I love being a Special Constable and it has been rewarding to use the new skills I’ve learnt during my training to help ensure Stagecoach buses remain safe and crime-free for passengers.

“It was a surprise to be nominated for the award and even more so to win. I’m really proud of the award and hope it inspires others to help their community.”

Paul began his career as a bus driver for Stagecoach, progressing to a lead driver and now a traffic controller.

As a Special he conducts intelligence-based patrols, works in crime prevention initiatives and enforces road safety. He helps tackle anti-social behaviour, assists at incidents and works closely with South Yorkshire Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams.