PCC Volunteers honoured at Citizens in Policing Awards
Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, praised and thanked volunteers who were nominated for an award at the Citizen in Policing Awards ceremony at Police Headquarters last week (Thursday, 7th June).

The event, which is in its’ seventh year, marked the end to National Volunteers’ week and celebrated the contribution volunteers make to Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Commissioner’s volunteering schemes.   

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: 

“Keeping Hertfordshire the safe county that it is today is Everybody’s Business. Volunteering helps to build strong and resilient communities, harness valuable skills and helps support police and partners to reduce crime and keep communities safe.

“I’m committed to growing and developing volunteering further, using innovative ideas to improve and develop how we all work together to reduce crime and keep people safe.” 

The award for Volunteer of the Year was presented to Chris Cowdrey, a member of the Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel.

Fellow nominees were Independent Custody Visitors Alain Barthelemy and Derek Wylie, Stop and Search Panel member Stephanie Worrell and Independent Dog Welfare Visitor Stuart Selby.

The Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel took the award for Volunteer Group of the Year while the Independent Dog Welfare Scheme was also nominated in the same category.

Michael Taylor, who has been volunteering as an Independent Custody Visitor for 30 years, received a Long Service Award for his commitment and passion for volunteering.

The ceremony was opened by Chief Constable Charlie Hall who then presented the awards alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner in front of an audience of 120 volunteers and their family and friends.

Addressing guests on the night, Mr Hall said:

“There is not much in the calendar that gives me greater pleasure than this event. The support our volunteers give is absolutely phenomenal and these awards show the strength of volunteering here in Hertfordshire. As far as I am concerned, you are all winners and I am immensely proud of everything you do.”

For more information about the PCC volunteering schemes, visit the Commissioner's website: www.hertscommissioner.org.