SCLT Minorities Outreach Team Leader, Roger Ibrahim, recently attended a ceremony in Bristol as the recipient of the Avon and Somerset Police, Hari Joshi Award for community engagement.


Mr. Hari Joshi was a prominent member of the Hindu Community in Bristol prior to his death in 1984. The trophy is awarded annually to a police officer, or group of officers whom it is judged to have made the greatest contribution to community relations within the greater Bristol area.


Roger, who is also a serving police officer based in South Bristol, has been a volunteer with the Senior Citizen Liaison Team since 2011 and was elected to the board of trustees in 2012. He is presently the leader of the SCLT Minorities Outreach Team and can be frequently found giving saferty presentations and talks to groups of older adults from many diverse backgrounds.


The prestigious ceremony was attended by several local dignitaries, including the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the High Sheriff of Bristol. Roger received his award from Mr Batook Pandya MBE of the prominent Bristol organisation S.A.R.I. (Stand Against Racism & Inequality).


Roger said, "I feel enormously proud and honoured to have been choosen as the Hari Joshi Laureate for 2013/14. I really enjoy my volunteering work with the SCLT Minorities Outreach Team and take pride in bringing safety tips and advice to members of hard-to-reach communities around the great city of Bristol. Hopefully our work has helped many vulnerable citizens feel safer as they go about their daily lives"


Mike Wedlock is Vice Chair of Trustees with the SCLT, he commented, "Roger has been typically modest in his acceptance of this most acclaimed of honours. He is singularly responsible for the success of our Outreach Team and is incredibly dedicated to his role. The whole board of trustees are delighted that Avon and Somerset Constabulary has awarded Roger the Hari Joshi accolade and we look forward to more success with vulnerable communities in the future"


Click on the link below to view the citation for Roger's award:

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