A POLICE officer has received a gong in the Queen's birthday honours for her work with schoolchildren.
Dianne Woodward (pictured) has been awarded an MBE for her programme promoting police activity in the community. The mother-of-four of Winsford, who has served for Cheshire police for 14 years and been based at
Winsford for 10, decided officers needed to spend more time in schools when the local Community Action Team was formed four years ago.
The 35-year-old now runs an ongoing programme in primary and high schools across Mid Cheshire which educates children on the dangers of strangers and road safety.
She said: 'I'm very passionate about working with children because it's important for children to grow up with a sense of what's right and wrong and by doing this we can make a real difference on kids lives.
'It's very rewarding having an impact on so many young lives. I have worked with 5,000 children over the years and they still greet me in and out of work.'
As well as working in schools, PC Woodward is the CAT officer for Davenham and Moulton and patrols Winsford town centre at the weekend.
She was nominated for the MBE by her former colleague Chief Insp Brian Roberts and said: 'I never thought I would achieve something like this. You join the police to make a difference and I hope that I have succeeded in that.'