Paul Egerton, of the Jolly Sailor, St Albans, Hertfordshire, won the award after holding the position of chairman of the St Albans’ Pubwatch scheme for more than 15 years.
The voluntary organisation aims to encourage a safe and responsibly led social drinking environment in licensed premises across the UK and ultimately reduce alcohol-related crime.
Local Pubwatch schemes are managed independently by licensees in their area, with advice and resources from National Pubwatch.
Charlie Hall, Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary, surprised Egerton with an award presentation at a branch meeting at the Horn pub.
Chief Constable Hall said: “I was delighted to present Paul Egerton with a NPW Star Award for his sterling efforts over many years in being instrumental in developing a thriving Pubwatch in St Albans.
“Creating safer drinking environments in licensed premises is an aim we should all share; it’s good for customers, good for the local community, good for the police and must also be good for business.
Benefit to community
He added: “St Albans is benefiting significantly from Paul’s work and the partnerships forged between licensed premises locally in improving safety to everyone’s advantage. Keep up the good work!”
Egerton was nominated by Steve Evans, the East of England regional representative for National Pubwatch and the regional vice-chairman for the British Institute of Innkeeping.