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Passion for Community honoured

by Michael Ford last modified 12 Mar, 2020 01:40 PM

A Wiltshire church has been given a Police Certificate of Recognition for their passion for their community and their work during a recent knife amnesty.

The Assistant Chief Constable's Certificate was given to St James' Devizes "in recognition of the fantastic support" they provided during Operation Spectre, the force-wide knife amnesty.

The certificate read:

"Your passion for the community is obvious to all.

"You were enthusiastic with siting an amnesty bin in St James' Church rather than in the usual site of Police Stations.

"Further to this you used contacts within the Diocese to get 3 further sites to have the amnesty bins across the county. Your drive and desire to promote the message behind the amnesty was inspiring to see, and this was reflected in the fact that non Police sites had the highest number of knives surrendered.

"You were key in making the amnesty a success, and deserve recognition for your part in helping to make both your community and the county as a whole a safer place."

"Thank you for your contribution to helping Wiltshire Police serve and protect the public."

The Rector of St James', the Revd Keith Brindle, who collected the certificate alongside Rob Jackson the Church's Outreach Lead, said:

"Rob and I am massively thankful to the clergy, administrators, church wardens and church families at St James in Devizes, St Andrew's in Melksham, St James in Trowbridge, and St Paul's SP2 in Salisbury for rolling your sleeves up and getting stuck in. We accept the awards recognising the contribution made by so many people from these 4 churches. Thank you for making the knife amnesty in 2019 the success it was.

"Operation Sceptre continues this year and we are keen to support Wiltshire Police in this initiative again. If you are reading this and you are from a church in Wiltshire, we'd love to talk about how you can get involved in making our communities a safer place."

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