Neighbourhood Policing Awards 2014 - Overall Avon and Somerset winners
Men and women who serve their communities, going above and beyond the call of duty, were celebrated last Thursday 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 Avon and Somerset Police and reward dedicated officers, staff and volunteers for their hard work in ensuring the communities of Avon and Somerset are safe and feel safe.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "These awards are a chance for us to celebrate some of the most inspirational, selfless and dedicated people working in our communities. It’s particularly special for me because the nominations come from members of the public – residents who have taken the time to write in with compliments about the fantastic work of all our winners. To all of our winners this year I say well done."
Acting Chief Constable John Long said: "The Neighbourhood Policing Awards provide a fantastic opportunity for local people to show their support and recognition for our officers, staff and volunteers. The standard of nominations this year made the judging process really tough as it is clear that the winners are very much part of the communities they serve."
Earlier this year, members of the public were invited to nominate police officers, staff and volunteers who had gone above and beyond the call of duty, shown commitment or dedication or made a difference in their community. Across seven categories, winners were chosen for each policing area (Bristol, Somerset, and South Gloucestershire, Bath and North-East Somerset). All the winners were invited to the ceremony to be presented with their certificates and hear the announcement of the overall winner in each category.
The evening was compered Editor of the Bristol Post Mike Norton. 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 Natalie Draper
PC Natalie Draper who works in the Thornbury area and received her award from the Acting Chief Constable John Long said: "I feel ecstatic. I work with an outstanding team who are very supportive of each other in the work they do."
Natalie’s nomination form said: "Natalie is very knowledgeable of the people and the area, working tirelessly to ensure there is a visible policing presence. She is a true ambassador for the police force."
Police Community Support Officer of the Year – Ian Taylor
PCSO Ian Taylor, who is based in Cadbury Heath and Oldland received his award from Karen Dussett, from sponsor First West of England. After each award is announced, short videos are shown of people talking about the good work carried out by the winner. Ian’s video contained congratulations from Noel Edmonds, as he had been the Christmas Star on a festive edition of Deal or No Deal last year and spent some of his prize money on play equipment for a local toddler group.
After collecting his award, Ian said: "It was a real surprise to see Noel again. I didn’t expect that at all, or to win the overall award. A lot of the recognition should go to the multi-agency and community we work with on a daily basis."
Ian’s nomination form said: "Ian is a real asset to the community he serves, going the extra mile time and time again. Not only is he well known in the community, he was instrumental in setting up a Dreamscheme on his beat."
Special Constable of the Year – Ryan Cox
SC Ryan Cox, who is based in Bristol, received his award from David Farrell, Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary. On receiving the award Ryan said: "When I found out I’d won I was gobsmacked to be honest. I’m really pleased to receive the award because there’s a lot of good work in Avon and Somerset that goes unrecognised. I don’t expect anything though for being a Special Constable, I do it because I love the job. It’s what I want to do and I hope to become a regular officer sometime."
Ryan’s nomination form said: "Ryan shows tremendous commitment and dedication to volunteering and supporting policing the communities of Bristol. He has a wonderful manner with people and is a calming influence in many situations."
Public Recognition Award – PC James Diffey Bristol Area Commander Chief Superintendent Jon Reilly accepted the award from Paul Hackett of sponsor Key Forensics as PC James Diffey was unable to attend the ceremony.
The person who nominated James said in their nomination form: "Because of PC James Diffey I have gone from victim to survivor. By being so calm and words of help and reassurance he saved my life as he made me feel that I did have a choice. Thanks to James I am alive, happy and safe."
Volunteer of the Year – Michael Rich
This award was presented by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. Winner Michael Rich supports the running of Community Speedwatch in Bath and North-East Somerset. After receiving the award, Michael said: "It was very good for them to consider me for these awards. There is a lot more work to do and there are almost 250 volunteers across the area and any of them could have won it."
Michael’s nomination form said: "Michael has shown extreme dedication and professionalism in his role as the local Community Speedwatch Administrator. We are extremely grateful to Michael for his constant hard work and enthusiasm."
Neighbourhood Beat Team of the Year – Taunton Halcon One
After receiving their award from Bill Hall of sponsor Deloitte, Sergeant Andy Murphy said: "The team were absolutely delighted to hear they had won the award. Halcon One is a truly a multi-agency team and includes the community and it is great that the other partners have been recognised for their contribution through the team award. I think the award reflects where we are in policing at the moment and that all parts of our communities need to work together to tackle issues.
"The police and our partners do a very difficult job and we come to work trying to do the right thing for people. It’s not about reward or expecting to be thanked which is why when the public write to say thank you it’s the best recognition you can get."
The nomination for the Halcon One team said: "This is the most brilliant example of policing there is - the multi-agency approach is amazing. This team is accessible and approachable and give more of their time than you could ever expect."
Outstanding Customer Service Award – Response Sergeant, Wells
The Outstanding Customer Service Award was presented to a response sergeant in Wells who was unable to attend the awards ceremony. The award was accepted on his behalf by Somerset Area Commander Chief Superintendent Daimon Tilley from David Darch from sponsor BT.
In the nomination, it said: "I feel I owe you a massive thank you for the help and support you gave me over the past few weeks. Because of you I now look up to the police with huge respect. Thank you, you potentially saved my life."
The Neighbourhood Policing Awards are only possible thanks to the sponsorship from local and national businesses including The Bristol Post, Medlock Charitable Trust, Unison, First – West of England, AN: Event Services, Workhouse Marketing, Double Tree Hilton Cadbury House, Rolls-Royce, Key Forensics Ltd, Deloitte, Nomura, SEA and Southwest One.
Posted on Monday 24th November 2014