A former Suffolk police sergeant who helped form the Town Pastors scheme has been recognised for his services with an MBE.
Neil Boast, 51, worked for Suffolk Police for more than 32 years and spearheaded the Town Pastors initiative, which offers assistance to anyone who needs it during nights out.
Following a successful launch in Ipswich in 2005, the scheme has been rolled out across nine towns including Bury St Edmunds.
The MBE recognises his services to Suffolk Police and volunteering.
Mr Boast, who recently worked as a business support officer for town centre improvement organisation ourburystedmunds, said: “It’s fantastic and I’m overwhelmed. It makes you reflect on your whole life and who has invested in you, cared for you, loved you and even criticised you because they drive you on to keep on doing things.”
Mr Boast worked in the Suffolk Police licensing and sexual exploitation team (LASER) dealing with prostitution and liquor licensing issues.
He has also volunteered as an assessor for the bikes used by Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers (SERV), which transport medical items.
Mr Boast is due to start work as revenues inspector for Suffolk Coastal District Council.