A CHARITY fundraiser who has been a key figure in helping Nottinghamshire police crack down on crime in the Dispatch district and the rest of the county has been rewarded with an MBE.
SARAH SMITHURST (pictured) is the force’s co-ordinator for the Crimestoppers initiative that offers a hotline that can be used to pass on information about crime anonymously.
Crimestoppers is run by a charity, and Sarah has received her honour for her work in promoting the initiative in Nottinghamshire.
The mum-of-two plays a pivotal part in ensuring anonymous information received through Crimestoppers is passed to the right investigating officers. She has been central in the launch of several successful campaigns, including Rat On A Rat, which targets drug dealers.
“I was shocked to hear that I had received an MBE but, of course, I am also humbled, honoured and pleased,” said Sarah.
Sarah’s reputation, locally and nationally, also led to her being sought out by the British High Commission in Ghana to help them launch a similar project called Crimefighters.
Sarah, who is based in Mansfield, was responsible for training operators on how to handle calls. She was made an honorary superintendent in the Ghanaian police force to thank her for her support.