A police volunteer has been honoured with the Citizen of the Year Award at the Lincolnshire Police Annual Recognition Awards.
Val Fell, from Worlaby, volunteers for two days a week at Caistor Police Station, providing a physical policing team presence for the local community at a time when the police station would otherwise not be resourced.
Val answers countless telephone enquiries and emails, as well as attending regular police surgeries and parish council meetings.
In addition to this she helps the policing team deliver school talks and sometimes accompanies officers on community patrol.
“I was shocked but delighted when I found out I was to receive this award,” said Val.
“I thoroughly enjoy this work and my sincere thanks go to PC Chris Bell for nominating me for the award.”
Val originally came to the attention of the Caistor Policing team as chairperson to the local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
She forged strong links with the police and attended joint police/neighbourhood watch events and street surgeries.
“Val showed a genuine interest and willingness to help the local policing team and in February 2011 became one of the county’s first Neighbourhood Policing volunteers,” said PC Bell.
“Her tireless enthusiasm and commitment is evident throughout the Caistor area and beyond.
“She demonstrates all the elements of policing with PRIDE and these characteristics, along with her eagerness to develop the volunteer role, prove her to be a real asset to the community and to Lincolnshire Police.”
Since becoming a Lincolnshire Police Volunteer, Val has maintained her Neighbourhood Watch responsibilities, actively encouraging new schemes, and has championed the recruiting of more community volunteers to Lincolnshire Police.