An officer who has dedicated the last 16 years to policing a community in Leicester has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year’s Honours list.
Police Constable (PC) Brian (Reg) Varney, who is a neighbourhood officer for St. Matthews, has been given the honour for services to policing.
Having previously been named Beat Bobby of the Year by the local community, PC Varney has developed a professional and personal relationship with residents and has been instrumental in bringing communities together.
Alongside policing the area he supports a number of local initiatives and also sits on the Board of Governors for a local primary school.
PC Varney said: “I’m still in shock, I thought finding King Richard III and winning the premiership was shocking but this is on another level.
“I’m overwhelmed and proud to receive this honour.”
Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “The whole force is thrilled that Reg is to receive this medal.
“He is an outstanding neighbourhood officer who is at the heart of the community of St. Matthews in Leicester where he has served for 16 years.
“I’ve patrolled with Reg more than once and he is known by everyone as Reg or Ali Dheere which means “the tall man”.
“He is an absolute star and I know the whole community will be as pleased and proud of him as we are.”
Also receiving a BEM is retired officer Sue Lambert for services to the community. Sue retired from the force in August 2016, having spent 30 years as a PC and 10 years as a member of staff.
Both will be awarded their medals during a ceremony next year (2017).
Source:: Leicestershire Police News