HITTING the beat for 32 years has seen a Special Police Constable presented with the 2012 Diana Princess of Wales Community Award.
Brian Hunter, from Claxby, has patrolled Market Rasen and the surrounding area every Friday night and last week was presented with the town council’s annual prize for community service.
Presenting the award at the annual town meeting, Market Rasen Mayor Ken Bridger said: “I do not know how many people know Brian, but he is one of the longest serving ‘Specials’ in Lincolnshire, over 32 years.
“It gives me great pleasure to present him with this Princess Diana Award; it is long overdue.”
The award is given once a year by the council to a member of the community who is an unsung hero.
Since joining the Lincolnshire Police as a Special Constable in 1980, Sgt Hunter has completed a staggering 17,600 hours on duty.
He said: I am very honoured to have been given the award, which I view as an award for all the ‘Specials’.
“They all give up their spare time to assist in policing their community.”
Special Constables have the same powers as regular police officers and work alongside them, but on an unpaid, voluntary basis.
At the town meeting Lindsey Moulds, project manager for The Foyer in Market Rasen, was also presented with a cheque for £604, raised throughout the year by the Mayor’s Charity fund.