NPW Chair Steve Baker finally caught up with Thames Valley Officer PC Simon Wheeler to present him with the Malcolm Eidman Award 2019.
Left to right: Steve Baker – Chair NPW, PC Simon Wheeler, Debs Edwards – Mayor of Reading, Superintendent Stan Gilmour and Bill Donne – Reading Pubwatch
Simon should have received the award at our Chester conference but was unable to attend due to a family illness.
He is a Neighbourhood Officer for Thames Valley Police and has been the police liaison officer for the Reading Pubwatch Scheme for 10 years.
He was nominated by Inspector Gassan Shaladan who stated that the officer was instrumental to the progression of Readings Pubwatch, the strengthening of relationships between the police and licensed premises, and the towns success in achieving a Commendation in its Purple Flag accreditation.
Simon received his award in the company of partnership colleagues in the Mayors Parlour at Reading Council Civic Offices.
Chairman of Reading Pubwatch Rob Kennedy said: “Simon has been intrinsic to the police support of Pubwatch over a sustained 10-year period. In 2015-16 Reading Pubwatch was at breaking point and we had no manageable controls in the town centre, and I would say it was from this period that Simon really fought hard to getting some of the larger venues and personalities to support the night time economy.
During this period, Simon was key to rebuilding Pubwatch with systems in place which were strongly supported by the police; the town centre Hub initiative; Street Pastors and the electronic messaging system.
As Chair of Reading Pubwatch it is great to have such a forward-thinking police officer on side, with his support for the night time economy and a real pleasure to work with”.
The full citation can be seen on the awards section of the NPW website