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The Office of High Sheriff of Lancashire

The High Sheriff of Lancashire has ancient origins and is personally appointed by the Queen in her Right as Duke of Lancaster. The office, as Keeper of the Queens Peace, is unpaid and held for one year.


Young Citizen Award 2021

As High Sheriff of Lancashire I have been privileged to hear of many people who have been selfless and put themselves out to help others in the community. It is always particularly encouraging when one hears of young people who are doing exceptional things for the good of others.  
The High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen’s Award is my way of acknowledging and rewarding the very good deeds of Lancashire’s young people – those who have gone above and beyond to help others. I would like to hear about initiatives which have made a beneficial difference to the lives of others, locally, nationally or even internationally. This includes notable acts of bravery or kindness as well.
Do you know a young person or group of young people under the age of 21 who have made a difference to the lives of others? If so, please nominate them for the 2021 LANPAC Young Citizen’s Award. Nominations can be made by anyone and it is only with your help that these young people can be given the thanks and recognition they deserve.
The Winners and Runners-Up will be selected by a panel of judges (which I will chair) and includes representatives from the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime , the Lancashire Constabulary, the University of Central Lancashire and Rodney Swarbrick CBE DL (a former High Sheriff who initiated this awards scheme).
All Finalists will be invited to attend a presentation at Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters in March 2021 when the Winner will receive £500 together with a specially commissioned trophy and a certificate from the High Sheriff. There will also be two Runners-Up who will each receive £100 and a certificate.
This scheme is being administered by the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime Charity on behalf of the High Sheriff and the closing date for nominations is 31st January 2021. Any further information required can be obtained from Al Yusuf on 01772-412796 or Anna Baybutt on – 01772 412372 and by clicking on this link LanPac High Sheriff Award
I look forward to lots of nominations and reading about some terrific achievements that our young people are involved with in Lancashire.
With best wishes,
Catherine Penny
High Sheriff

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Visit to the Lancashire Police HQ

Catherine Oscar KiloAfter nearly five months it was lovely to be able to make my first visit in person.

My husband and I were treated to a most interesting morning at Lancashire Police Headquarters at the end of August.

A generous hour with the Assistant Chief Constable got us up to date with how the police have been managing over the last few months. They have had to balance business as usual with additional duties, trying to police the Covid-19 Regulations. Significant restrictions have been imposed to manage the rate of infection in a number of Lancashire towns throughout the summer, which has added to the challenge.

It was fascinating to have the opportunity to learn about modern policing. One of the excellent resources the Lancashire Police have is their mounted division. It is the second largest mounted force in the country after the Metropolitan Police and an excellent tool for coping with people gathering in larger numbers than they should. An officer on top of a 17hand horse is an imposing prospect and socially distanced too.


During my visit I was treated to a demonstration of the use of drones in modern policing – another tool for combatting crime from a distance. I also met an officer in the wellbeing unit, which has been formed recently. This is a necessary resource in these stressful times. Finally, it was a privilege to spend time with some of the key members of the Lancashire Resilience Forum which is based at the Police Headquarters. An advantage of having a nuclear power station in the county is that the Forum was already in place and was able to respond to the onset of Covid-19 swiftly.

 Mounted Police   Sgt James Cooper and Guild

VE Day

As High Sheriff of Lancashire I am very much aware that many people had planned events and church services to commemorate 75years since the end of WWII in Europe.

The Nation owes an enormous debt to the sailors, soldiers and airmen who brought the war to its conclusion. At home there was a similar struggle which was dealt with by the Civil Defence, Police, Fire and Ambulance Services all of whom made such a huge contribution to life in Britain.

Seventy-five years on these same services are undertaking a major role in helping us cope with the coronavirus pandemic, plus many others who are working in health and caring professions and these numbers include a great many volunteers.

I had hoped to go out to all the regions of the County to join in the commemorative events, clearly that is not possible, so I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of those of us who are able to stay safely at home, to say a big Thank You to all those making a difference to other people’s lives at the moment. My husband and I will wave a flag in gratitude just as he did 75 years ago!

AHP on VE day