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Community Policing - A Pioneering Initiative

Opened in September 1996, the Southwater Community Police Office is a unique facility for Southwater, set up and run by volunteers from the Community.

The office, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, is manned by a team of 22 volunteers who have been trained by the police force to deal with incidents that range from anti-social behaviour to road traffic accidents, and also offer support to crime prevention initiatives and schemes in the village.

The office currently deals with a wide range of duties including passing on information to the police from the public, handling lost and found property and pets, filling out crime reports, fielding queries and acting as a link between the public, local beat officers, PCSO’s and Horsham Police Station. The office also offers a security marking service for mobile phones and bikes.

Many of the volunteers have over 20 years’ service, and the Police Office and volunteers have been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Queen’s Award

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service by groups in the community was presented to the Southwater Community Police Office by the Lord Lieutenant in September 2006 in a special ceremony held at Beeson House, Lintot Square. Dozens of guests gathered to celebrate its success with a buffet and drinks reception in the Council Chambers. The award recognised outstanding achievement for helping others to improve the quality of life.