The awards have been launched to mark the 20th anniversary of the organisation and highlight the important work being carried out by many people in their local pubwatch schemes. There will be 20 awards given out during the year recognising the contribution of individual across the UK.
The first award was presented to Essex Police licensing officer Jenny McCallum on 17 May 2017 by Chief Constable Stephen Cavanagh and National Pubwatch regional representative Steve Evans. She was given the award for her dedication to Harlow Pubwatch Scheme over the past 17 years.
Chief Constable Kavanagh said: “I don’t make a habit of going to the pub at 10 in the morning but it was the right place to honour the fantastic work Jenny has done. Alcohol-related crime has a big impact on our communities and Jenny’s work over the last 17 years has made Harlow safer.”
A second presentation was made on 22 May 2017 by Thames Valley Police Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Ross and National Pubwatch chairman Steve Baker to Diane Brown, the Aylesbury Vale Watch Schemes & Neighbourhood Alert Coordinator and Debie Pearmain, the police licensing officer for Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead.
Baker said: “The success of any local Pubwatch depends on the level of support given to them by other stakeholders, particularly that of the police. Diane and Debie have demonstrated a very strong commitment to their local schemes over many years.
“They are great ambassadors for Thames Valley Police. The work they do makes a significant contribution to the reduction of crime and antisocial behaviour in the night time economy.”