Owner of Bedford restaurant ‘La Piazza’ honoured by Lord-Lieutenant

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A Bedfordshire Special Constable has received an award from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, in honour of his contribution to the force and his community work.

Special sergeant Libby Lionetti received a Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service, where he was joined by a number of other people who have all contributed positively to their communities.

Libby has been a special constable with Bedfordshire Police for the past 15 years and volunteers around 35 hours a month.

He fits these hours in alongside running his own restaurant ‘La Piazza’ in Bedford.

For the past four years, he has also volunteered with the force’s volunteer police cadets, helping to guide them through their two-year programme.

On receiving the award, Libby said: “I feel so proud that I’ve received this award, and I wish my parents were alive to see it too.

“They were humble people who came here from a village in Italy, worked hard and were accepted and welcomed into the community, and they would have been so proud that I’ve received this.

“I want people to know that you will be recognised for the good that you do in life, and I hope that I inspire others to think about volunteering in their community.”

Superintendent Paul Schoon, the force’s lead for volunteers, said: “Libby is an extremely dedicated volunteer – as well as running his own very successful business, he volunteers any spare time he has as a Special Constable and also as a cadet instructor.

“His dedication to the force and to the young people he works with is incredible and I am proud that he is part of our team.”

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire added: “Special sergeant Lionetti is a well-known and well respected figure in Bedfordshire. 
“I am delighted to recognise the enormous contribution he makes to the wellbeing of our community. His work with the police cadets is also inspirational.”

The Special Constabulary is the UK’s volunteer police force, and the Specials work closely with full time Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s).

After completing their initial training and once they have taken their oaths, Specials continue to be mentored and supported by experienced colleagues before they become independent.