The Eric Theobald award was introduced in 2006 as a way of honouring Eric's memory and recognising any individuals work in the Woking community.
The Eric Theobald award is presented annually in memory of Police Community Support Officer Eric Theobald, who passed away suddenly whilst a serving officer in September 2005.
Eric was a popular member of the community he served, covering Knaphill, Brookwood and St Johns, having previously seen service as a traffic warden in Woking Town for many years. In memory of Eric, the Woking Safer Neighbourhood Policing team introduced a community award to be presented to the person deemed to have done the most for the community in Woking, whether in a paid or unpaid role.
Nominations are invited from members of the public and an award committee consisting of Eric's wife, Edna, local councillor John Kingsbury and Eric's former colleague in Knaphill, Pc Craig Matthews from Surrey Police meet to review all of the nominations and to decide who the recipient of the award should be.