Delivering an excellent service to a local Neighbourhood Watch, tackling male rape and ensuring our communities are safe was just some of the work acknowledged at Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ latest Pride Awards.
PCC Pride Award certificates were presented to each of the 14 winners who attended the ceremony at Police Headquarters in Portishead, before having lunch with the PCC and Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Morgan.
Speaking at the awards, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “We have some truly worthy winners sitting in this room and I am humbled by your commitment and dedication to help make the communities of Avon and Somerset be safe and feel safe.
“You have been brought to my attention by residents and local people who have taken the time to contact me, wanting to recognise your efforts and highlight how you go about working tirelessly in your community for your community.
“These awards are to recognise the silent stars who achieve great things or go above and beyond what is expected and that’s why you’re all here today.”
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.
Amongst the winners was Police Constable (PC) Mike Steven who was nominated for his work as the force lead on the ‘Police response to male rape and sexual assault’ campaign. Mike’s nomination says that ‘the amount of work he’s put into this campaign, raising awareness and giving victims the confidence to report, on top of his role as a PC is above and beyond what is expected of him.’
PC Mike Steven said: “It is absolutely brilliant to be recognised for my work on the male rape and sexual assault campaign and I am delighted that the PCC supports and recognises the importance of this work.”
Lindsey Stone was nominated by resident Mr Geoff Matthews, for the excellent service and support she has provided since he took on a Neighbourhood Watch role in his local community. Mr Matthew’s said: “Without Lindsey’s regular input the role and effectiveness of the group would be greatly reduced.”
Lindsey said: “I was very humbled to be awarded a PCC Pride Award. The experience of coming up to Police Headquarters to accept the certificate has been really nice. I’ve just got to find somewhere to put the award now.”
PC Simon Burden and PC Paul Bailey were recognised with a Pride Award for their efforts in detaining an offender who had carried out a violent domestic assault in front of them while they were returning home following a shift.
Speaking about their award, they said: “It’s nice to be recognised for what response officers do on a daily basis. In attending the awards, it’s nice to see what goes on in the force and to hear about people outside of the force, what they’re doing for their local community and to see them recognised for it.”
Taunton Deane Borough Council’s Community Lead Cllr Jane Warmington, Director for Housing and Communities James Barrah, Assistant Director Simon Lewis, Anti-social Behaviour Officer John Hart and North Taunton One Team Coordinator Angela Bolitho were recognised for their roles in delivering the One Team project.
The individuals were nominated by Police Sergeant Andy Murphy who wrote extensively about each and every individual and the role they each played in establishing and delivering the One Team project.
Cllr Jane Warmington said: “We were flattered to be nominated and it’s a pleasure to accept this award on behalf of all of the people involved in delivering the One Team project.”
More pictures from the Pride Awards can be found on the PCC’s Flickr page www.flickr.com/photos/aandspcc/
If you would like to find out more or nominate someone for a PCC Pride Awards visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/PCCs-Pride-Awards.aspx.
Posted on Wednesday 16th December 2015