Prestigious award for retired minister

Retired URC Minister the Revd Peter Beaman MBE has been awarded the Police and Crime Commissioner’s award for his service as a volunteer for Merseyside’s Independent Custody Visiting scheme.

Peter has chaired the scheme since its inception in 1984, organising volunteers to visit police custody suites in Merseyside and ensuring that detainees are treated lawfully and with care and dignity by the police while in custody.

A minister at Oakvale URC for 33 years and now attending Parkgate and Neston, Peter received the award at a Covid-secure ceremony at Merseyside Police Headquarters in April 2021.

Peter has pioneered many changes which have improved custody procedures, including the availability of water in all custody suites and replacing wool blankets with safety blankets to prevent detainees from self harming.

He said, ‘I am humbled to have been given this award but it is obviously in recognition of what has been done by a team of people who visit detainees.’

Peter has previously been honoured in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2008, with an MBE for voluntary service to the Merseyside community.