94 year old police volunteer retires after 30 years - The Solihull Observer

94 year old police volunteer retires after 30 years

Solihull Editorial 18th Feb, 2019   0

A 94-year-old police volunteer is hanging up his visibility jacket after 30 years helping reduce crime in Hall Green.

Cyril Beavor has attended Neighbourhood Watch meetings and provided a vital link between the police and the community.

He joined at a time when the force faced unprecedented challenges with the Handsworth riots and the miners’ strike and has dedicated his life to making a change.

He assisted in getting the Hall Green Neighbourhood Watch programme up and running and has been an integral part of the group, as well as taking an active role in carrying out speed watch checks as a community volunteer.

In 2015, Cyril’s hard work and dedication was recognised by the force and he was presented with a Community Service award by the Chief Constable.

Although Cyril stopped attending meetings due to his health, he continued to receive the monthly letters from officers, which he delivered to fellow residents who were unable to attend the meetings.

He is now taking a step away from volunteering and enjoy time with his wife, however he continues to offer his support and friendship to the local neighbourhood team.

Sergeant Michelle Cassidy, from Hall Green neighbourhood team, said: “Not only has Cyril shown dedication and loyalty to us as a force, he has provided friendship to our team for the last 30 years.

“We are so grateful for the commitment he has given us and I want to say a big thank you to Cyril for his hard work.”

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