Chris McKiernan

Awards for local police volunteers at Blackburn HQ

MEMBERS of the public who give up their time to help carry out volunteer work for Lancashire Constabulary were honoured at a special awards ceremony last month.

The event, held at Eastern Division‘s Headquarters in Blackburn, recognised those who have spent between three and ten years volunteering for the force in various roles and community projects.

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Volunteer Chris McKiernan was awarded ‘Community Volunteer of the Year’ for his work with Blackburn‘s South East Neighbourhood Policing team. Chris, who was a finalist in the Constabulary’s Annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony, has worked with the team for a year volunteering around six hours each week. He spent an additional four hours a week helping to train new volunteers. Chris has recently become a Special Constable and now works with the same team as an officer.

Special Constable Paul Shoreman was also commended for his work with Great Harwood’s Neighbourhood Policing Team. Paul, who was also a finalist at the Constabulary’s Volunteer Awards Ceremony, work’s an average of 50 hours each month. He attends PACT meetings and works closely with the Neighbourhood Policing Team to provide a quality of service to the communities of Clayton and Altham.

Also recognised were volunteers who operate the CCTV system in Longridge. Janice Welch, Mick Bell and Helen Stringfellow monitor the cameras, obtain and record images of crime and direct police resources to the scene.

The Safer Travel Unit was awarded for their work targeting anti social behaviour on public transport. The Accrington based team, is made up of Special Constables who cover both Eastern and Pennine Division’s.

Chief Superintendent Bob Eastwood who hosted the ceremony said: “Our volunteers are a fantastic asset to both the police and the community. Their work is invaluable and the impact of their work on the safety of the local community is without question. They save the police time and resources and play a key role in improving the confidence of the public with the Lancashire Constabulary.

“The work of the Safer Travel Unit and CCTV operator’s in Longridge has improved the quality of lives of residents immensely. The figures speak for themselves – crime reduction within Longridge this year is the highest in Lancashire and it is of no doubt that this team had contributed to this success.”

All winners and finalists will be entered into the National Ferris Awards later this year.

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