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Feelings of honour and delight expressed at PCC's Pride Awards

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Local people, police officers and a councillor were amongst the recipients who received ‘PCC Pride Awards’ by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens at a ceremony on Thursday, November 28.

PCC Pride Awards were presented to 11 winners who attended the ceremony and a further three certificates were awarded to volunteers who received highly commended at the recent Neighbourhood Policing Awards.

Nominees were invited to Police Headquarters, Portishead where they were presented with a certificate by the Commissioner before having lunch with Sue and Chief Constable Nick Gargan.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “These awards are to recognise the silent stars of our communities that achieve great things or go above and beyond what is expected of them.

“I am always delighted to hear about so many fantastic people working to keep their communities safe and all the winners who received awards today were truly worthy and deserved the recognition.”

Following the ceremony and afternoon tea, winners and their guests were taken on a tour of the Force Service Centre, where ‘101’ and ‘999’ calls are taken.

During lunch we spoke to the winners and asked them how they felt on being nominated for a PCC Pride Award.

David Atkins, Street Neighbourhood Watch said: “To be nominated for a PCC Pride Award is an honour but to be a recipient is a privilege.  The motto of the Street Neighbourhood Watch is “Crime cannot flourish in a community that cares” and I care so to be acknowledged for my efforts is appreciated and humbling.”

Police Sergeant Stephen Bell said: “I am very proud to receive this award, however I am one of small team and this award is more for all of them.  As a team we deal with a variety of issues, everything from antisocial behaviour to work with the LGBT community and this award is really appreciated.”

Daryn Carter, volunteer said: “I was really honoured to be nominated for the award let alone win and I was really excited to come to Police Headquarters for the ceremony.  I work closely with my local community and in particular with LGBT communities and those who are victims of hate-crime and it is really nice to be recognised.”

Cllr Linda Dunford said: “The Midsomer Norton Community Alcohol Partnership is a partnership and I don’t feel I deserve the award as a single individual.  We are a team, a team where everyone brings such enthusiasm and dedication to achieve the success we do, it works because we’re a team.”

Kate Craigie, local resident said: “It is an honour to be recognised for the work I do, I certainly don’t do it for an award but it is nice to be thanked.  There’s real community spirit where we live and we wanted to make a change for our village.  Coming here is also a good opportunity to see what other people are doing in their communities.”

Detective Constable Paul Austins said: “It was emotional to be nominated for a PCC’s Pride Awards, and I am just happy that I could help when they were most in need.”

Police Constable Kia Millman said: “It was a pleasant surprise to be nominated for the award, but at the end of the day we were just doing our job.”

Jo Peters, Emily Carter and Dawn Harding, Bristol Safeguarding Coordinator Unit Independent Sexual Violence Advisor said: “We are humbled to be recognised and proud to receive the award.  Not that we do it for that, but it’s made us feel really valued and it’s nice to get the recognition.”

Michael Hedges, Chairman of Farrington Gurney Parish Council: “The things that I do I do because I enjoy them not to receive recognition but it was a nice surprise to be nominated.  Having been an Assistant Chief Constable at Avon and Somerset between 1988 and 1993 I feel it’s a lovely surprise that’s bought me full circle.” 

To see photos from the day visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/aandspcc/

If you would like to nominate someone for the PCC’s Pride Awards visit http://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/PCCs-Pride-Awards.aspx

People are encouraged to put names forward as nominations for the PCC’s Pride Awards.  The Awards are open all year round and decisions will be made quarterly.

Posted on Friday 29th November 2013
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