A SCHEME working to help find missing people and safeguard the vulnerable has been praised by a top police officer.
Assistant Chief Constable of Hampshire police, Sara Glen, made the comments as the force celebrated 20 years of the county’s Neighbourhood Watch Association.
She said: “I’m delighted we’re celebrating 20 years partnership with Neighbourhood Watch.
‘I’ve been really impressed with all the hard work and efforts shown by each and every neighbourhood watch scheme.
‘We are now working closely to increase neighbourhood watch presence and visibility in our communities, especially in the area of identifying vulnerable people and concern for welfare cases.
‘I know neighbourhood watch are keen to engage with the wider diverse communities, linking in with residents’ associations. I look forward to assisting with this new challenge.
‘I would like to add my thanks to the neighbourhood watch for the commendable work they are doing in making our communities safer and more cohesive.’
The neighbourhood watch marked 20 years of operation after being set up in 1995. Hampshire has more than 10,000 schemes.
Volunteers run local schemes in streets tackling crime but also help out at police stations co-ordinating the watches.
The president Margaret Filley met senior officers and co-ordinators at police headquarters in Netley to mark the date.