Safety-conscious Bill to retire after 40 years

Ribble Valley Borough Council officer Bill Alker.

Ribble Valley Borough Council officer Bill Alker.

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A council officer at the forefront of community safety in Ribble Valley is to retire after 40 years.

Bill Alker joined Ribble Valley Council’s elections team in 1975, before switching to the chief executive’s department as a committee clerk and policy officer in 1983.

He is best known for his work in community safety, formerly with the Ribble Valley Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, then the borough’s Community Safety Partnership, which has seen Ribble Valley named as the safest place in Lancashire and one of the safest in the UK.

The partnership’s chairman, Kevin Horkin, said: “Bill’s dedication and enthusiasm has played an important role.”