Overall Avon and Somerset Winners
Men and women who serve their communities, going above and beyond the call of duty, were celebrated last night at the annual Neighbourhood Policing Awards at Cadbury House Hotel, Congresbury.
The awards are organised jointly by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and the Constabulary and reward dedicated officers, staff and volunteers for their hard work in ensuring the communities of Avon and Somerset be safe and feel safe.
The night was attended by over 150 people including Lord Lieutenants, High Sheriffs and senior police officers.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “The awards are a tribute to the fantastic people we have here in Avon and Somerset and it was an absolute honour to be in a room with so many inspirational, selfless and dedicated individuals.
“I think it is important that we take the time to recognise the men and women that work so hard to keep us safe and yesterday’s awards made me feel proud to be Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.”
Chief Constable Nick Gargan said: “These awards celebrate what’s best about British policing. People like you: who are out there on those wet, dreary mid-week nights, knocking on doors, who make our service special. It’s the professionalism that you show day-in, day-out that makes you the heroes you are.
“These awards are extra special because the nominations come from the residents and local communities across the force area. It’s clear from reading the comments on the nomination forms, that across the whole of Avon and Somerset, you are making a real difference to the lives of their local residents and the communities you serve. I’m really proud of all the winners this year and delighted that credit has been given where it’s due.”
The evening was compered by Deputy Editor of the Bristol Post Rob Stokes. After dinner, the awards were presented to the three district winners in each of the seven categories.
Towards the end of the night came the announcement of the overall winners for Avon and Somerset in their categories:
Neighbourhood Beat Manager of the Year – PC Adrian Secker
PC Secker who is based at Bath Station and received his award from the Chief Constable said: “It’s very humbling to receive this award. It’s a shock and I didn’t think I’d win it, but it’s confirmation that good old fashioned policing is rewarded and recognised and I’m very happy about that indeed.”
Police Community Support Officer of the Year – Susan Venn-Adams
PCSO Venn-Adams, who was based at Burnham-on-Sea but now works in Weston-super-Mare received her award from MP for Wells Tessa Munt. PCSO Venn-Adams said: “I’m over-whelmed and I wasn’t expecting it, people like me never win awards. I’m really honoured that the family would nominate me and it’s been a great evening. I am only the PCSO I am today because of the team I have got behind me so I’d like to thank them really.”
Special Constable of the Year – Paul Andrews
SC Andrews who is based at Williton in West Somerset received his award from BBC Points West Presenter Alex Lovell. On receiving the award he said: “I am doing something I enjoy doing, I work with a great team of Specials and I don’t do it for recognition I just love doing it.”
Outstanding Customer Service Award – joint winners PC Keith Openshaw and Maliha Berridge
Unfortunately PC Openshaw was unable to attend the evening so his award was presented by Mike Parfitt from BT, one of the awards night sponsors, to Sergeant Amanda Frame who collected it on his behalf.
Maliha Berridge who works in Public Service and Local Policing and is based at Police Headquarters in Portishead said: “I am completely surprised because I wasn’t expecting it at all. I am blown away by the fact that people have taken the time and effort to nominate me.”
Public Recognition Award – PC Amanda Kay
PC Kay who is based at Weston-super-Mare, received her award from Steve Hill from SEA, an awards night sponsor. On receiving her award she said: “Absolutely gobsmacked. It is really nice that it has come from the public because it means you are reaching out to the people you are serving.”
Volunteer of the Year – joint winners Jemima Suffolk and Taunton Street Pastors
This award was presented by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. Winner Jemima Suffolk was one of the original South Gloucestershire Police Cadets when it launched in September 2011. She said: “It is a bit crazy but very good. I have had brilliant support from my beat team and without them I wouldn’t be here to receive it.”
The second winners were the Taunton Street Pastors, who give up their time to support the local night-time economy. Adrian Prior-Sankey said: “The Taunton street pastors are honoured to be chosen as volunteers of the year. It is wonderful recognition of the service given by 70 local Christians who listen, care and provide practical help every weekend in all weathers.”
Neighbourhood Beat Team of the Year – Avonmouth and Shirehampton
After receiving their award from the Editor of The Bristol Post, Mike Norton, PC Amanda Patterson from the team, based at Avonmouth said: “We feel absolutely privileged that we were nominated and have won the award, even more so because it was our community who voted for us.”
The awards would not be possible without the support of a range of local, national and international organisations. Thanks to BT, SEA, Unison, The Bristol Post, AN: Event Services, Double Tree Hilton, Workhouse Creative Marketing, Wessex Water, Rolls-Royce, Jupiter, Medlock Charitable Trust and Nomura the evening was a success.
You can find photos from the evening here http://www.flickr.com/photos/aspolice
Posted on Friday 25th October 2013