THE county's police and crime commissioner has launched a bid to find those working to keep their community safe.

Michael Lane, police and crime commissioner for Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton is inviting nominations for his annual Safer Awards 2018.

The Commissioner’s Safer Awards recognise the contribution volunteers and partners make to policing and in keeping the community safer.

People from across the public, private and voluntary sector will be recognised for the difference they make to help the lives of others.

The police and crime commissioner is inviting nominations to the categories of Community Volunteer of the Year and Safer Superhero.

Community Volunteer of the Year is for a member of the public who volunteers in their local community to help to keep people safer.

Safer Superhero is for a young person who has shown bravery, courage or kindness to keep someone safer.

The commissioner will present his Safer Awards at a celebratory event on Wednesday, 5 December at the Winchester Guildhall.

Mr Lane said: “This is the second year of my Safer Awards but I have this year introduced the new categories of Community Volunteer of the Year and Safer Superhero. I know that important work is undertaken by a range of people who give their time to help and support others in the local community. I would like to recognise this with my Safer Awards and to say thank you to them for all that they do to help the lives of others and help keep people safer.”

To nominate, go to hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/safer-awards or email opcc.comms@hampshire.pnn.police.uk to request a nomination form.

Nominations will close at noon on Monday, 5 November.