An Abbots Langley Police Community Support Officer has received an award for his exceptional contribution to the community.

Wesley Gullin, 22, who lives in Watford, has been recognised for his Neighbourhood Watch efforts in the local area and been named PCSO of the year by members of the Three Rivers Neighbourhood Watch.

PCSO Gullin has walked the beat for almost three years, but previously worked in a call centre for the NHS as an assistant team leader.

He said: “Working in a call centre really wasn’t right for me. I’m not cut out for the 9 to 5 office job.

“I like to meet people and get out and about in the neighbourhood, so becoming a PCSO was definitely the right decision.”

Describing his commitment to the community, PCSO Gullin particularly enjoys his involvement with Neighbourhood Watch and was stunned to find out he was being recognised with an award.

The modest community officer said: “I was over the moon when I found out, I really couldn’t believe it - I didn’t expect to win an award.

“Being a PCSO is great, I get to go out in the local area, meet people, visit schools and talk to the kids. You couldn't ask for more.

“To be recognised with an award is fantastic, but I couldn’t do it without the support of Helen Lehrle, Gloria Stuart and Alison Warner, who help co-ordinate watches in each of their areas.

“My job is brilliant and it’s a wonderful feeling patrolling the area and serving the local community.”

PCSO Wesley Gullin is funded by both the parish council and Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Jointly awarded the title with Chorleywood PCSO Tania Stabler, the pair pipped more than 20 hopefuls to the winning post.