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28.11.22 – Staffordshire Police Long Service Awards, Special Tree for Hanley Park, Here to Help Campaign, Be Warm Be Safe Campaign, Operation Sceptre

Written by on 27 November 2022

More than 20 police officers and staff have been celebrated in a long-service awards ceremony.

Chief Constable Chris Noble and His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Ian Dudson presented awards to 17 officers to commemorate their 20 years of service, with a further five members of staff also receiving their award at a ceremony in the Staffordshire County Council building.

A special award was also presented to a volunteer who completed half a century of service since starting with Staffordshire Police back in 1972.

Glenys Robinson MBE, from Leek, has volunteered for five decades. She began her career as a Special Constable in the north of the county and reached the rank of Divisional Officer. She is now an adult leader with the Staffordshire Police Cadet programme and has been the mainstay of the cadet unit since she joined it in 2017 – even through many COVID lockdowns.


Stoke-on-Trent based, Friends of Hanley Park is delighted to receive a special tree from The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) “Tree of Trees” which stood tall as a message of hope, regeneration and optimism to the nation and the world as part of the Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations.

Friends of Hanley Park joins over 300 organisations from across the UK that were

recently announced by the QGC as recipients of these special trees in The Queen’s name, which are gifted in an embossed pot.

Presented by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ, the tree will be planted today at Hanley Park, Cauldon Grounds.

The tree becomes part of the living legacy in honour of Her Majesty, joining over a million trees already planted across the UK as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue have joined forces with a local authority to help provide slow cookers and affordable recipes to vulnerable families in Newcastle-under-Lyme this winter.

It is all part of Staffordshire County Council’s ‘Here to help’ campaign aimed at providing information, advice and support on managing ongoing cost of living pressures and Staffordshire Fire and Rescues ‘Be warm. Be safe’ campaign, which encourages people to avoid making cuts when it comes to fire safety this winter.

The authority has distributed the slow cookers to eligible families who really need one, while the Fire Service has produced a series of recipe cards to help vulnerable and low-income families in Newcastle. The recipes, which are affordable, easy-to-make and nourishing to help keep people warm, have been devised by the fire service’s catering supervisor, Stephen Pickerin.

For more information about the council’s Here to Help campaign, visit their website:



Staffordshire Police have seized more than 100 knives from across Staffordshire as part of their latest knife crime operation: Operation Sceptre.

The operation, which offers people a safe way of disposing of blades anonymously, ran from 14 November to 27 November this year.

During the campaign, a total of 120 knives were deposited into surrender bins in Burton-upon-Trent, Cannock, Hanley and Longton Police Stations as well as Hanley Fire Station.

The operation also saw Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Trading Standards teams conduct test purchases across Staffordshire and Local officers visited a total of 60 schools to discuss the dangers of carrying a knife and encourage those at risk of knife crime to get help and support.

For more information on #DitchTheBlade, including dedicated videos, podcasts and case studies: visit: #DitchTheBlade | Staffordshire Police.