PCC's Pride Award Winners
Inspiring local people recognised at Sue Mountstevens’ PCC Pride Awards were joined by three young people taking part in Children’s Commissioner Takeover Day, at an extra special ceremony at police headquarters on Friday, November 21.
The awards saw 10 silent stars of the community awarded for a multitude of efforts including tackling hate crime, facilitating Community Speedwatch and Neighbourhood Watch groups and setting an inspiring example to young people.
Award winners were joined by three young people from South Gloucestershire, who spent the day shadowing Ms Mountstevens as part of the national takeover day, which invites young people into organisations to experience the world of work.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "If only people could hear half of the stories that people tell me, I have no doubt that it would make them feel as proud as I feel. It is important for us all to take a moment to reflect on what has been achieved and when you do it is incredibly heart-warming.
"These awards were particularly special as not only do they mark my two year anniversary but today is also Children’s Commissioners Takeover Day and I was pleased to welcome young people to spend the day finding out more about my role."
Nominees were invited to Portishead where they were presented with a certificate by the Commissioner, before having some lunch and being taken on a tour of the Force Service Centre, where 101 and 999 calls are taken.
Attendees at the Pride Awards ceremony also heard more about Children’s Commissioner Takeover Day, before the young people were presented special certificates as acknowledgement for their taking part in the day.
As well as attending the Pride Awards, the young people involved in Takeover Day also met with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Acting Chief Constable John Long and took part in a session exploring the idea of restorative justice.
Following the awards ceremony we spoke to all the winners to gather their views on being nominated for this award.
Somerton Police Community Support Officer (PSCO) Carole Brown said: "It is the local community that deserve the award, they are the ones that have given me their trust and respect and I’m proud to accept this award for them."
Taunton PCSO Claire Escott received an award for her work in the Priorswood area of the town. After collecting her aware, Claire said: "I was flabbergasted to find out I’d been nominated for the award. It was completely unexpected and nice to have some recognition for what I consider to be just doing my job."
Laurence Briand, awarded for her involvement with the Easton Arts Trail in Bristol said: "I am very happy to receive a thank you from Sue. I think it’s a great achievement not only for myself but for the community of Easton. It’s a good thing to get Easton on the map."
Liam Doyle, an active member of Uphill Village Society, said: "There are many great people working out there and it makes a change to see such positive publicity. Local police and local people do get involved in the local community and the awards today clearly demonstrate that."
Nasrul Ismail, recognised for his crime reduction work across Bristol and South Gloucestershire said: "I don’t consider myself to be a typical award winner and therefore feel very honoured by this award. I am passionate about crime reduction, public health and making a difference."
Sergeant Rachel Clark, from the Frome Safer Stronger Neighbourhood team said: "I have a great relationship with Frome Community Speedwatch and it’s a lovely surprise to have been nominated. It’s lovely to be recognised for what I do day in day out."
University of the West of England Police Constable (PC) Mark Brain said: "To be nominated for my work in tackling hate crime is very humbling. Being involved with and helping students, and bringing closure for families is a really rewarding process."
Sergeant Helen Riddell said: "I would like to accept this award on behalf of all my colleagues in the LGBT team. As a police officer it’s always been my goal to support and protect the most vulnerable people and through the work we do we are trying to do this for the people in Bristol every day."
PC Karen Warren, nominated for her work tackling hate crime across North Somerset said: "I think it’s lovely for people to get a bit of recognition for what we do. I feel really honoured and really surprised and thoroughly enjoyed this intimate event."
Aisha Dennis, nominated for her efforts in setting up MAMA Africa project in Bristol, said: "I feel blessed to be honoured with this award for doing the things I love and what is my passion. Working for cancer research, community fundraising, being involved in African dancing, the MAMA Africa Bristol project all help me achieve my goals of breaking barriers, creating unity and community cohesion. We are all one, and it’s lovely to hear everyone else’s stories too."
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 Monday 24th November 2014