PCC Pride Award Winners
Star of the community, hero and life-saver were just some of the words used to describe the recipients of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens’ ‘PCC Pride Awards’ at a ceremony on Wednesday, August 27.
Among the 10 award winners who travelled to Police Headquarters for the presentation included a local Reverend, a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), an out-of-hours Crisis Worker, a resident and a Housing Officer.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "I am always taken aback by the extraordinary people we have in our community doing extraordinary things for their community. People who go about their business without any recognition at all.
"Reading the nominations and meeting the people I am fortunate enough to meet makes me feel truly proud to be both a resident and Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset."
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:
Reverend Gillian Putnam, who was awarded for her tireless work in the community in particular as Head Chaplain for Chaplaincy about Town in Weston-super-Mare said: "I was both surprised and delighted to find out I had been nominated for the award."
PCSO Beth Poole was awarded while on secondment for her efforts in launching the Safe Places scheme in South Somerset. She said: "It was overwhelming to be nominated and lovely to be recognised. This is my last two weeks in the role of Crime Prevention Officer and it is nice to end on a high."
Michelle Webster, an out-of-hours Crisis Worker at The Bridge Sexual Assault Referral Centre nominated for her life-saving actions in a case involving a man who had taken an overdose said: "I am humbled by the award. There is a team of six of us and I feel I have taken the nomination on behalf of us all. Often we are presented with cases that we don’t know what the outcome will be, but with a team effort we do our best to help those in need."
Jason Husk, a local resident was awarded for his admirable actions on confronting an intruder in his home. One of his nominations came from his daughter and said: "A bad man came into our home through the window, he scared me lots but my daddy saved us and stopped the bad man from taking everything and hurting us. Daddy is my hero!"
On receiving his award Jason said: "It’s nice for my girls to be here today to see me collect the award. Hearing back the nomination from my daughter bought a smile to my face."
Sharon Collard and Tracy Harper from the Acorns Centre in Taunton are described as a credit to their area. Two people who provide an exceptional level of service, showing dedication, passion and commitment on a daily basis, they said: "We feel really proud and honoured to be recognised for what we do. We recognise the importance of partnership working and are really proud of what the Halcon One Team have achieved."
Lucy Hawkins, a Housing Estates Officer awarded for her continued support in delivering the Halcon One Team partnership project said: "I wasn’t aware that I had been nominated until recently and as well as feeling shocked I felt really proud. It’s nice to be recognised for my work when really I am just doing my job."
Jan Robertson and Reverend Martin Lloyd Williams also received awards for their role in setting up Focus Counselling in Bath over 15 years ago. They were unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony but sent representatives on their behalf.
To see photos of the day visit www.flickr.com/photos/aandspcc
If you would like to nominate someone for the PCC’s Pride Awards visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk
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 Wednesday 27th August 2014