We were delighted to receive the District Commander’s Congratulations for the work of our Street Pastors and School Pastors on the Isle of Wight. Each initiative was presented with a certificate at a ceremony held in Newport and demonstrates the high regard the police have for the work of our amazing volunteers on our streets and in Medina College. Chief Constable Andy Marsh was joined by local police commander Superintendent Sarah Jackson, plus Lord Lieutenant Major General Martin White and High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, Ron Holland to present the awards to the assembled guests.
The citation for the award read:
“For the past six years the volunteers have patrolled the streets of Ryde, Newport and Ventnor making a significant impact on its night-time economy. They are particularly excellent at looking out for vulnerable people, which helps relieve pressure from police and ambulance staff. They also reduce the likelihood of vulnerable people becoming victims of crime. In the past, Street Pastors have also been successful in diffusing violent situations, calming people down and preventing fights.
The School Pastors have patrolled in Median College and are now an important part of the school community. The team as reduced the number of bullying incidents, and they look out for vulnerable students, providing an independent listening ear. This has been acknowledged as making a massive impact on wellbeing of students at the college.
This award is in recognition of all their excellent work which has made them vital members of the Island community.”