Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, hosted his first SAFER awards on International Volunteers Day (Tuesday 5 December). The event celebrated the vital role volunteers play in support of policing.
Michael Lane said: “It is important that we take the time to recognise and thank volunteers for their contribution in keeping communities safer and their commitment in enabling communities to become more resilient through volunteering.
“The value that volunteers add to the work of the Constabulary and partners is enormous. Without them we would not be able to deliver all that we do to keep our communities safer.
“Volunteers really matter, they help us to connect with the community, they importantly impact on our conversation, and ultimately, on the services we can provide. The aim of the SAFER awards was to ensure that the time, motivation and energy of those volunteers that work with us was recognised and that they received our thanks for all that they do to enhance the effectiveness of policing across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Portsmouth. “
Representatives from a number of volunteer groups, including Specials, Police Cadets, Police Volunteer Support, Victim Support, Independent Custody Visitors, Youth Commission, Community Court and Neighbourhood Watch and Community Speedwatch took part in the celebration event.
The following awards were given to recognise those volunteers that had made an outstanding contribution over the last year, and went above and beyond in in terms of the hours they have volunteered and the dedication and commitment they have shown.
Community Courts – Jonathan Hambrey
Neighbourhood Watch – Brian Rose
Victim Support – Laura Rapetti
Youth Commission – Gaby Day and Casey Taylor
Independent Custody Volunteers – John Carr (South West Convenor) and Vanessa Upton (South East Convenor)
Special of the Year – Specials Inspector Sam Berry
Special Team of the Year – Simon Tavendar, Nikki Cobby, Matt Clarke, Adam Hillier, Abby Bagshot, Simon Bagshot.
Police Support Volunteer of the Year – Teresa Binks (Cadet Leader)
Police Support Team of the Year – Tina Baun, Karen Minett, Andrew Dance, Dan Thornton, Sara Walker