Neighbourhood Watch volunteers thanked for their efforts helping to keep our communities safe (12 Oct 2016)

Neighbourhood Watch Awards 2016

Dedicated Neighbourhood Watch volunteers were thanked for their efforts in helping to keep our communities safe at an awards event yesterday.

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson and Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, John Robins were on hand to show their appreciation to the volunteers for their time spent preventing and reducing the opportunity for crime.

Awards for co-ordinator of the year, long service, special recognition and PCC award for crime prevention were given out at the event at the PCC's office in Wakefield.

Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary crime prevention group in the country. It is based on the idea of communities coming together to reduce crime and increase community cohesion and safety.

The initiative first came to West Yorkshire 31 years ago and there are now over 3000 schemes operating throughout the county. Communities with an active Neighbourhood Watch can reduce crime in their area by 26%.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said "I was pleased to be able to show my appreciation for the efforts these volunteers have made to keeping our communities safe and feeling safe.

"The watch member's selfless interest in the wellbeing of their neighbourhoods is inspiring. I can't thank them enough for the work they do making a real difference locally as well as throughout West Yorkshire. Without their support the police wouldn't be able to do their job to the best of their ability."

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable John Robins of West Yorkshire Police, said:
"Neighbourhood Watch volunteers provide a vital community service in West Yorkshire. We have over 3,000 schemes operating within the county and the statistics speak for themselves with active Neighbourhood Watch schemes helping to reduce crime in their area by as much as a quarter.

"They are the unsung crime fighting heroes who can help provide vital information in the fight against crime and I want to personally thank each and every one of the individuals who have helped to make a real difference in their area."

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Award winners

Co-ordinator of the Year (two recipients in 2016): Joyce Blackburn and Keith Barber

Long Service: Naweed Hussain

Special Recognition: Frank Robinson

Police and Crime Commissioner Award for Crime Prevention: Hazel Richardson

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