Les Jackson QPM
Four years ago Sergeant Les Jackson of Richmond Police helped a lady in her eighties who had just been scammed out of her life savings. He was so appalled by the callousness of the crime and the effect it had on the victim’s confidence, that he organised a whip-round amongst his colleagues, raising enough money to support her until her next pension payment.
As a result of that terrible event Sergeant Jackson launched a series of events to alert elderly and vulnerable people to the danger of this type of scam. So far over 120 events have been held culminating in an event at Twickenham Rugby Stadium which attracted over 624 people and was attended by Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, Gloria Hunniford and Richmond MP Zac Goldsmith.
When Les started his anti scams campaign Richmond was the worst-hit borough, now, Richmond no longer even features on the list. Les has now retired and is now working with trueCall to continue running these seminars. In the 2019 New Years Honours Les was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and he was recently elected to the Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Board.