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NEW YEAR HONOURS

In case you didn’t spot it in the papers this morning, I’m pleased to announce that Jim Maddan, colleague, friend and chairman of London Neighbourhood Watch Association has been appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the community.

As many of you know, Jim’s a retired Met. Police, Neighbourhood Inspector and has been involved with Neighbourhood Watch since 1992. He’s held roles as a coordinator, secretary and treasurer of Wandsworth Neighbourhood Watch Association and later as a director of LNWA, subsequently being appointed chairman, a position he still holds today.

In 2007 he was integral in resurrecting Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (NHWN) and was appointed vice-chair. In 2010, he became chair of the Network and was re-elected in November 2014. Jim combines this role with his position as an elected Councillor in Wandsworth where he’s the Executive Member for Adult Care Services & Health.

Jim believes, as do we all that Neighbourhood Watch is a valuable tool in the fight against crime, particularly in times of economic constraint, and is honoured to have been recognised in this way.

Lord Blair of Boughton, former Met. Commissioner and Patron of NHWN, who has known Jim since 1979 when they served together at Notting Hill Police Station, said, ‘I’m delighted to learn of this award. It is richly deserved. Jim has been the driving force behind the re-emergence of Neighbourhood Watch as a major, citizen led contributor to crime reduction’.

Michael Banks, Deputy Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, who has worked Jim since September 2013 when he extended his Association of Chief Police Officers portfolio for Citizens in Policing to include Neighbourhood and Home Watch, said, ‘As well as being part of a successful team transforming Neighbourhood Watch throughout the country, Jim is using his considerable experience to broaden opportunities for citizens to be involved in policing. He’s making a significant difference to Community Safety and thoroughly deserves to be recognised in this way’.

Jim can be contacted at: james.maddan@ourwatch.org.uk

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