Police Volunteer plays key role in public safety

8 September 2017 Posted by

A Chief Constable’s Public Service Award is to be given to a police volunteer who has played a key role in making Liskeard’s roads safer.

Mick ChorltonMick Chorlton has volunteered with Devon and Cornwall Police since 2009 originally founding the Community Speed Watch (CSW) team in Liskeard where he is now the lead volunteer. The dedication that Mick has shown to his role has led the team to becoming one of the most proactive CSW groups in the force area. The data gathered from these watches reveals the impact that CSW has with a significant reduction of traffic speed in and around the Liskeard area. Mick is an active ambassador for this role and volunteers at community groups and local events, including the Royal Cornwall Show, promoting CSW and helping to develop community relations and understanding of the CSW programme, which in turn has built trust towards the police service.

Since 2011 Mick has also volunteered with the Liskeard Police Cadets becoming one of the senior and valuable volunteer leaders. As a former Naval Commander, Mick has taken on the responsibility of teaching cadets drill and the importance in the standards of their appearance. He helped to organise and part-fund humanitarian aid trips for the cadets to volunteer in Croatia in partnership with Rotary International. They helped to rebuild an orphanage for severely disabled children who were casualties from the recent war. Mick also helped the cadets with their ‘Cop Car’ project, building and racing an electrically powered kit car as part of a Greenpower initiative. They qualified for the national finals finishing as the highest placed police project.

Mick also helped set up and run the youth club in St Cleer which led to a dramatic reduction in anti-social behaviour. He also volunteers his time litter picker and is in regular attendance at the Liskeard Have Your Say Panel, a community meeting where police, partner agencies and council members meet to discuss and problem-solve local issues.

To arrange an interview with Mr Chorlton please contact PC Garth Hatt, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Liskeard South on 01579 325454.

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Simon, Research & Information Officer, Amethyst, Community Safety Team

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