PCC volunteer to be honoured with British Citizen Award


Jackie Cooper, from Haywards Heath, is to be recognised at the Palace of Westminster with a British Citizen Award in recognition of her extraordinary endeavours.

The British Citizen Award, in partnership with One Stop, is now in its fifth year and recognises exceptional individuals who positively impact their communities throughout the country.

Jackie will be honoured for her services to volunteering and charitable giving at an official medal presentation on 23rd January 2020.

Jackie has been involved in volunteering for 25 years, taking on a variety of different roles. She is a trustee of two charities that work with children and young people, one in the UK and one in Kenya.  She is the Director of Sussex Clubs for Young People and also volunteers as an Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) for Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.

ICVs are volunteers from the local community who visit police custody suites unannounced 24/7. Jackie checks on the welfare of detainees to ensure they’ve been given their rights and entitlements and are being treated with dignity and respect in accordance with the Human Rights Act and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.

Each visit requires the ICV to speak with the detainee and check on their welfare and the conditions in which they’re being held. Jackie goes above and beyond by helping to induct new members, train police custody staff and mentors new ICVs.  Jackie has been an ICV for 25 years and is now lead coordinator in Brighton, the busiest custody suite in Sussex.

The medal presentation will be hosted at the House of Lords by TV’s Michael Underwood who, with Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, is a patron of the British Citizen Award. The BCA recognises true community heroes who may otherwise be overlooked. Dubbed the People’s Honours, many recipients have been selected to receive a Queen’s Honour after their endeavours have been recognised with a BCA.

Each medallist will have a day to remember, befitting their achievements, and will receive a Medal of Honour inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’.

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