Doreen scoops 1st for Alert scheme

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A Bulwell volunteer worker has been awarded for her commitment to the community.

Doreen Carruthers dedicates her time twice a week working from Bulwell Police Stationas part of their Neighbourhood Watch Team and Alert system.

The ‘invaluable’ team member took first prize in the National Database category of the National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Awards.

Doreen, 63, was instrumental in the launch of both the Alert system and Neighbourhood Watch scheme some years ago across the town, and now she has received national recognition for her efforts.

“We are delighted that Doreen took first prize at the awards,” said Bulwell’s Insp Christine Busuttil. “It is her commitment that makes our system so effective.”

The Alert system is a recent tool used by the police to alert the public to issues and appeal for help to solve crimes.

Residents register online and are then added to a database to receive regular messages from appealing for help in finding a missing person or warning of a surge in burglaries in the region.

Doreen heads up the system and has inputted and completed the registration of 3,000 people in the Bulwell area. She has also used this scheme to create 22 Neighbourhood Watch schemes across five beat areas.

“As well as dedicating time to ensure schemes remain successful, she also attends local events to promote Neighbourhood Alert and Neighbourhood Watch,” added Insp Busuttil. “She has also been part of setting up a community speed watch in the area which involved recruiting volunteers, ensuring they are trained and insured.

“Doreen is approachable and always willing to help. A big thank you from all the staff at Bulwell police station .”

If you would like to benefit from the Neighbourhood Alert scheme contact 101 ext 855 4960.