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Neighbourhood Watch Awards announced

Communities / Tue 31st Dec 2013 pm31 03:44pm

TO recognise the important role that Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators play in making Essex one of the safest places to live and work, Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh of Essex Police and Nick Alston, Essex Police and Crime Commissioner are supporting the Essex Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator of the Year Awards for 2013.

Mr Kavanagh said he was more than happy to give his backing to the awards.

“Policing in Essex is all about working with the people of the county to combat crime together,” he said. “Neighbourhood Watch is a great representation of that ethos in action and I think it’s right that we recognise the fantastic work of the people involved.”

Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex said: “I’m a huge supporter of Neighbourhood Watch, which performs invaluable work in helping to keep our communities safe.”

With more than seven thousand volunteer co-ordinators, Neighbourhood Watch schemes provide support and reassurance to around one in three households in Essex; that’s nearly 250,000 homes.

Alan Johnson, Chair of the Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association said: “Neighbourhood Watch provides a great opportunity for people to get involved in their communities, create a strong local spirit and crucially help keep their community safe.”

Each of the Neighbourhood Watch districts is inviting the public and others involved in community safety to nominate co-ordinators who have demonstrated excellent service in their community.

Each district will judge the nominations and submit one candidate for the prestigious Essex Co-ordinator of the Year Award. All the other candidates will receive a certificate of appreciation at a ceremony in March 2014.

To make a nomination, people can download and complete a nomination form from the Essex County NhW website at www.essexnhw.org.ukor the Police website at: www.essex.police.uk/nhw

Completed nomination forms should be sent to the relevant contact in the districts listed below or handed in at local police stations by no later than 5pm on Friday January 10, 2014.

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