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Thu 21 October 2021
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New Chair for Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association

Joe Murray QPM is the new chairman of CNWA taking over from David Farmer who recently moved away from Cumbria.

Joe is a former police inspector in West Cumbria who retired from the Police in 2011 and was honoured to be awarded the Queens Police Medal. Prior to joining the Force, Joe, born in Workington, worked in the local coal mine and the steel works before joining the Army serving as a Military Policeman in Germany, Northern Ireland and finally in Hong Kong.

In his last six years in the Constabulary he was the community safety inspector for West Cumbria and was heavily involved in partnership working with a variety of agencies. This provided him with many opportunities to impact on community activities around crime prevention and community resilience.

The recent flooding in the County created many difficulties and still does but Joe points out that it also demonstrated the brilliant community spirit and basic neighbourliness which exists in Cumbria and, as he points out, is the touchstone of the Neighbourhood Watch Movement. Joe is looking forward to working with CNWA and its partners to ensure that such community spirit and neighbourliness continues and develops in our wonderful County.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said:

“I am delighted to hear that Joe has been appointed the new Chairman of CNWA. Joe has a wealth of experience and knowledge to bring to the role, none more so than his vast experience of partnership working and community safety. I am a great believer in the need for us all to work together to keep Cumbria safe, and I see CNWA as a key player in this.”

If anyone might be interested in getting involved with CNWA and its work Joe would be happy to discuss the options. He can be contacted at: