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Local team scoops national award for services to the vulnerable

The Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT) in Bishopsworth, Bristol has received national recognition from the Trading Standards Institute for its tailored neighbourhood policing service to the vulnerable.

The award was made at the TSI’s annual Conference in Bournemouth today (Tuesday 21 June).

The SCLT was established in the Bishopsworth neighbourhood policing area as a direct measure to provide a tailored neighbourhood policing service to a vulnerable segment of the community.

The team, set up in December 2009, aims to reduce the fear of crime amongst the older adult community through awareness and education, and to reduce the likelihood of senior citizens becoming victims of crime in the first instance.

Sergeant Ashley Jones, project director of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team, said: ‘It is a very humbling experience to receive this award from the highly respected Trading Standards Institute, particularly in the company of so many dedicated professionals who work so tirelessly in service of others.

‘We do not do this job for recognition and reward, as we see that in the faces of the vulnerable senior citizens that we help on a daily basis, but it is always a delight to get a pat on the back, and we are very grateful for this recognition of our efforts.’

The team attends community centres and other areas where older adults meet or gather. The six liaison officers offer crime prevention advice and can provide up to date guidance on crime trends locally.

So far, the team has given presentations to thousands of older adults at community groups and social gatherings in order to reduce the fear of crime and increase the sense of community confidence.

It is hoped that this innovation can be extended to other areas of Bristol that would also benefit from such a service.

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Trading Standards Institute (TSI)

TSI is a training and membership organisation that has represented the interests of the Trading Standards profession since 1881 nationally and internationally.  We aim to raise the profile of the profession while working towards fairer, better informed and safer consumer and business communities.

TSI’s members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities and in businesses.  We are also supporting the delivery of initiatives such as the advice services Consumer Direct, UK ECC and UK ECCS.

The Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2011

The national Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference and Exhibition 2011, organised by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is a 'must' for consumer journalists.

The TSI-hosted annual Conference and Exhibition is the leading consumer affairs and trading standards event in Europe.

The 2011 Conference is being held at the Bournemouth International Centre from Tuesday 21 June to Thursday 23 June.

Journalists and photographers are welcome to attend but should contact the press office on 0845 608 9430 to arrange passes.

Please also contact the press office should you wish to organise any interviews.

The conference is hosted by TSI president Baroness Christine Crawley and TSI chairman Peter Heafield. 

Some 2,000 people are expected to attend the conference, including representatives from local and central government and those interested in fair trading, representatives of business and commerce, together with consumer organisations. There will be in excess of 100 exhibitors. This makes it an ideal place for consumer affairs journalists to mingle and make contacts.