WOW! award for volunteer couple


Congratulations to police volunteers Ken and Margaret Ostle, who have been presented with a WOW! customer service award.

Margaret started as a police volunteer in 2011, helping to promote the Safer Homes initiative in and around her local area of Staindrop.

Husband Ken joined as a volunteer when he retired in 2014 and supported Margaret with her Safer Homes duties.

Over the past two years they have begun helping at security bike marking events in Hamsterley Forest at weekends throughout the summer months, as part of the force's Operation Spoke campaign.

On one occasion recently they helped security mark more than 100 bikes.

"Our working backgrounds were in the NHS and Royal Mail and when we each retired we wanted to maintain an active lifestyle," said Ken.

"Volunteering for the police allows us to be active, meet lots of different people and most of all, give something back to the
community - and its fun!

"We have both found that volunteering is a very rewarding process and volunteers are always appreciated and valued by police officers of all ranks, no matter how small their input."

The couple were nominated by PCSO Katie Bartle, who said; "Margaret and Ken are professional, friendly and care about the delivery of this crime prevention initiative. They truly show how valuable volunteers are to our organisation."

They are pictured with Sgt Kev Salter (Road Policing Unit) who also received an award for his public engagement work in relation to the 'Police Interceptors' tv series.