SUSSEX Police volunteer George Gibbs received his MBE from the Queen recently for services to the police and community.
Eighty-five-year-old George, from Polegate, is a retired Metropolitan Police chief superintendent who has devoted years of ‘retirement’ to organising volunteers to work alongside officers and staff in the East Sussex Division of the Sussex force. George said, “This has got to be the highlight of my life and I’m absolutely thrilled to have made the News Year’s Honours List.
“I have worked for the police all my life and working now with the amazing people who become police support volunteers keeps me active and allows me to continue to serve the public.”
2012 marks the European year of the volunteer and the number of police support volunteers is reaching 10,000 nationally.
Sussex Police has 180 volunteers carrying out many roles across the Force.
Police support volunteers (PSVs) are part of a national initiative that is steered by the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) through the Neighbourhood Policing Programme.
Its aim is to ensure that police volunteers are managed effectively and are used to add value, rather than replace, the work carried out by paid staff and officers.
The emphasis is on increasing the numbers of volunteers and expanding their range of activities.
Research suggests that PSVs have improved engagement and interaction with local communities and the diversity of those who come into contact with it.
Anyone interested in becoming a Sussex Police support volunteer can find information on the Sussex Police website.