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MBE for 'true friend to police' in Queen's Birthday Honours

ONE of Staffordshire Police's long-serving civilian volunteers has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Seventy-year-old Gerald Peck, from Newborough, has scooped the MBE for Services to Policing and the Local Communities after 29 years' service.

A spokesman for the force described him as “a true friend to Staffordshire Police" – polite and respectful to everyone and a pleasure to know and work with.

The announcement on Friday (June 16) follows Mr Peck being awarded the Police and Crime Commissioner Award for Volunteer of the Year at the Staffordshire Police Force Awards in 2015.

Said Mr Peck of his MBE: “I am very honoured and very humbled.

“I will continue to volunteer and have no intention of packing it in. I love what I do and will continue to do it."

Retiring Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said: “I am delighted that Gerald's dedication and commitment to Staffordshire Police, and his local community, have been recognised at the highest level.

“This is a wonderful achievement and richly deserved. Congratulations to Gerald and a huge thank you for his continued support."

Mr Peck joined the force in January 1988 and has been an active volunteer throughout, taking on a variety of roles.

He has helped educate more than 7,000 pupils in East Staffordshire on the effects and dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and healthy relationships which contributed to a reduction of antisocial behaviour in the borough.

Currently deputy chair of the Staffordshire Independent Advisory Group, Mr Peck helped to form a Community Cohesion Group, meeting every Friday for a number of months to examine and critique police tactics.

His contribution was “vital" towards achieving the successful outcome of the group resulting in a massive decrease in violence and disorder in the area, Staffordshire Police said.

Mr Peck also acts as an 'appropriate adult' at custody suites. On call 24/7, he often attends during evenings and through the night.

In a “relaxed, polite and understanding way", he communicates with detained people, their legal representatives and investigating officers, positively contributing and helping to keep detention time to a minimum.

Mr Peck is also an active member of Neighbourhood Watch. Drawing on his vast experience and knowledge he is always willing to help, support and offer advice.

He currently averages over 40 hours of voluntary work with the force each week.

Inspector Bob Champeau, of East Staffordshire Local Policing Team, said: “We're delighted Gerald has been recognised for his services to policing.

“He has been of great help to East Staffordshire Local Policing Team in many different roles over the years. He thoroughly deserves his award.

“We are very grateful for the help he has offered, from arranging Operation Nemesis drugs talks to thousands of children to towing the crime prevention caravan at various events across the county.

“He continues to act as a volunteer for us and is a pleasure to work with."

Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis added: “A massive congratulations to Gerald, this recognition is thoroughly deserved.

“He has been a dedicated volunteer with Staffordshire Police and the level of commitment he has given is astounding.

“This is why I am so passionate about volunteers and would encourage more people to get involved in this vital work."

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