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Surprise party for PCSO Liz

Colleagues and residents gathered at Bempton and Buckton Community Hall for the birthday surprise
Colleagues and residents gathered at Bempton and Buckton Community Hall for the birthday surprise

She was expecting a handful of residents to turn up at her regular policing surgery.

But when PCSO Liz Smith arrived atBempton and Buckton Community Hall, there was quite a surprise waiting for her behind the door.

The chief constable said Liz was the 'epitome of community policing'.

The chief constable said Liz was the 'epitome of community policing'.

Her colleagues, and the residents she serves in the villages around Bridlington, had got together to plan a surpise 70th birthday party.

Among the guests was the chief constable of Humberside Police, Lee Freeman, who joined dozens of familiar faces who wanted to wish Liz a happy birthday.

Community beat manager PC Nicola Cammiss, who organised the celebration for said: “ Liz is such a valued member of the Bridlington policing team – not only is her work outstanding but her passion and enthusiasm are admirable.

“She is an inspiration to us all.

“She is generous with her experience and shares her knowledge freely with her team.

“ She also makes a really worthwhile input to our cadet scheme with her infectious energy and is a fantastic role model for this group.

“Needless to say, we couldn’t let this occasion pass by without letting Liz know just how much her work and personal contribution is really appreciated.”

Liz became a PCSO in the Bridlington area 12 years ago, having previously worked in the prison service and served as a special constable for West Yorkshire Police.

Her service to the community has been formally recognised, being awarded an MBE in 2010, and more recently she has received a Force Commander’s Commendation for bravery.

The chief constable described her as the “epitome of community policing”.

And the good news for residents whom she has built up such a strong relationship with is that Liz says she has no plans to retire.