Luton copper in line for top award

Vital work in wake of London bombings earns praise

A policeman whose vital work after the 7/7 London bombings was praised by his bosses has been nominated for a national honour.

Sgt Peter Rawkins has been short-listed for the Community Police Officer Of The Year award in recognition of his links with Luton's diverse communities.

The 42-year-old, based at Luton Police Station, has been part of the community cohesion team for the past three years and regularly represents the force at functions in the area - often as a guest of honour.

Supt Martin Darlow, acting divisional commander for Luton police, said: "Peter works incredibly hard with the many different communities that live in Luton. After the 7/7 London bombings, he worked closely with numerous community and faith groups to ensure daily accurate information was obtained about the policing implications for the town and to reassure the public of their safety."

Police Review magazine, a national publication, hosts an annual awards ceremony to announce the winner of the top community police officer title.

For the full story, see the September 13 edition of the Luton News