HAMPSHIRE’S police and crime commissioner is hosting her second annual award ceremony to recognise the contribution volunteers and partners make to policing and creating safer local communities.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Awards 2023 will recognise volunteers and staff from across the public, private and voluntary sector at a special celebratory ceremony to be held in March.

Commissioner Donna Jones is also asking for nominations directly from the public for members for the Community Volunteer of the Year Award.

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The Community Volunteer of the Year Award is to recognise a member of the public who has worked to make their local community safer. Either in a formal volunteer role within an organisation, or someone who volunteers on their own to help others.

Alongside the award open for public nomination, there are also awards for volunteers and staff directly supporting policing and the PCC’s office. These awards are nominated from within policing, commissioned services and partner organisations.

Ms Jones said: “Volunteers and our partners make a huge difference to policing and play a significant part in making communities safer. This award will recognise the enormous contributions they make to society.

“There are thousands of local volunteers and staff supporting others and making a difference who deserve recognition for the positive impact they make.

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“Special Constables, Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators, Community Speedwatch groups, Independent Custody Visitors, Youth Commission and IAG members, victim support services and business partners all support policing, criminal justice, the local community and importantly victims, when they need it most.

“Following on from last year’s nominations and winners, I am delighted to be able to host another ceremony in 2023 for those who have gone above and beyond to keep people safe. I think their work deserves public recognition through my awards.”

Anyone can submit a nomination for the Community Volunteer of the Year Award by clicking here . The deadline for nominations is February 6.