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PC Karen Graham recognised for her outstanding contribution to Lancashire Police

Posted on - 28th October, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Frenchwood, Lancashire Police, Preston News, Proud Preston
Chief Constable Chris Rowley hosted the c commendation evening
Chief Constable Chris Rowley hosted the commendation evening

A Preston Police Constable is among thirty-three people to have been recognised for her outstanding contribution to Lancashire Police at the Chief Constable’s Commendations evening.

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On Tuesday 18 October, PC Karen Graham, a community beat manager for Preston Neighbourhood Policing Team, was presented with the George Herbert Redman award at Lancashire Police Headquarters in Hutton.

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The George Herbert Redman Trust assists in the preservation of public order and in the protection of lives and property of the public by promoting a better public understanding of the work of Lancashire Police and fostering improved relations between police and public.

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PC Graham was responsible for creating Operation Wolf in 2020, a pro-active operation set up to tackle the financial exploitation of vulnerable individuals.

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She identified Preston-based criminals who were targeting vulnerable males and exploiting them out of significant amounts of money – PC Graham devised a multi-agency referral system which identified victims, offenders and locations of these crimes. It led to 12 arrests, 17 convictions and eight prison sentences.

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The community beat manager focuses and aims to reduce rate of crime in the Avenham and Frenchwood boroughs.

Her recent endeavour included submitting a project as part of the Neighbourhood Team, by providing a Frenchwood community group with security products.

The area has been experiencing issues with crime and anti-social behaviour, and the donation made this month is a way to improve links with the local community and make them feel safer in the long-term.

The project was partly funded by Lancashire Partnership Against Crime.

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Chief Constable, Chris Rowley, said: “Every single day our police officers and police staff play a significant part in keeping the people and communities of Lancashire safe.

“However, there are occasions when a team or individual makes such an outstanding contribution towards our policing vision that they should rightly be singled out for special recognition.

“As Chief Constable, I was proud to host the commendation evening, to recognise and say thank-you to officers, staff and members of the community who have gone ‘above and beyond’, or who have performed extraordinary acts of bravery to serve our community.”

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