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Darlington resident 'an inspiration' to his community


Mr Jim Allen (L) with PCC Ron Hogg (R)

Darlington resident ‘an inspiration’ to his community

Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, thanked a local resident for his years of dedication to his community, naming him as an inspiration to others.

Jim Allen, who lives in Darlington, has worked tirelessly for his community, particularly in his involvement with Neighbourhood Watch over the last 25 years. More recently Mr Allen has chaired the Neighbourhood Watch Association for the Darlington area, driving forward the Neighbourhood Watch brand and encouraging new members of the community to become involved.

Mr Allen stepped down as Chair last week and he received an invite from the Police and Crime Commissioner to meet with him, in order to thank him personally.

Mr Hogg said: “Community engagement is at the heart of my manifesto and individuals like Mr Allen prove that it is not just the police and councils who help to make our neighbourhoods safe, it is also our residents looking out for each other, which is what Neighbourhood Watch is all about.

“The work Mr Allen has achieved in Darlington is fabulous. With his proven track record I have no doubt he has been an inspiration to others to join, or start, a Neighbourhood Watch group in their local area.”

Mr Hogg asked Mr Allen what he believed were his greatest achievements during his time as chair of the Association. Mr Allen responded:

“Satisfaction in helping to create a safer environment. When I first became involved in Neighbourhood Watch years ago, I had to go out and find residents to try and get them involved. I’m pleased to say this has steadily changed and over the last 6 months or so, when we have a stall at a local event, residents now come to us and ask how they can join.

“The message is getting out now that Neighbourhood Watch is a community benefit which people can believe in and I am confident this will continue to grow as more and more residents get involved.”

Posted on Thursday 28th November 2013
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