Less than four weeks to go to submit your nominations for this year’s Neighbourhood Policing Awards. It is your chance to tell us about the very best of local neighbourhood policing across Avon and Somerset and we want to hear from you!
With the deadline for submissions looming, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Acting Chief Constable John Long want you to make sure your local policing teams are in with a chance of picking up an award.
Some fantastic nominations have already been received including those for Lighthouse Victim and Witness Care Officers, a young volunteer in Bath as well as many more examples of officers, staff and volunteers being extraordinary in keeping our local communities safe.
One nomination from a local resident in Bristol for this year’s awards reads: "I had been having problems with my neighbour for some time, things got so bad I decided to get the police involved. A resident was heavily drinking, which led to him shouting outside in the street aggressively, smashing bottles and urinating on cars regularly.
"Following a call to 101 my local PCSO was quick to get in touch and explain what was happening. I felt nervous about taking action but she was great at reassuring me that they would only proceed in a way I was happy with. I work away a lot and so I missed a number of calls but she always kept in touch and kept me up to date at every stage. She really made me feel that someone was really looking after my case. I’m thrilled to say my neighbour has now been evicted and moved on to a place that can support him better.
"I am really pleased this has been resolved positively and I can now once again enjoy where I live. It’s nice to know that ASB is taken seriously by the police as it can make people really unhappy. I thanked my local PCSO personally at a local PACT meeting, but feel she deserves further recognition for her tenacity and commitment to helping me and my neighbours."
Sue Mountstevens said: "These awards aim to highlight the very best in neighbourhood policing, showcasing examples of officers, staff, specials and volunteers going above what is expected of them. It is great to receive such fantastic nominations from local people who are telling us that this is the case.
"The nominations received so far highlight the empathy of officers, selflessness of specials, diligence of call handlers, dedication of PCSOs, enthusiasm of cadets and commitment of volunteers. We always welcome examples of where local policing teams are supporting you and your community, so send us your nominations now."
The awards recognise the outstanding work of Neighbourhood Policing teams and individuals in the following categories: Neighbourhood Beat Team of the Year, Neighbourhood Beat Manager of the Year, PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) of the Year, Special Constable of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and the Outstanding Customer Service Award. This year we will also be looking to recognise the work of Police Cadets.
Acting Chief Constable John Long said: "At Avon and Somerset constabulary, we strive to keep our communities safe and ensure that justice is done on a daily basis. Local officers, staff, special constable and volunteers all show a considerable amount of dedication and commitment to their roles and these awards recognise and celebrate the hard work that is done in neighbourhoods all over our constabulary area every day.
"I hope that people will take a few moments of their time to nominate an individual that has supported you and your local community for an award."
To nominate visit www.neighbourhoodpolicingawards.co.uk – the closing date is August 4 and nomination forms are also available in police stations and libraries.
Following this date an independent panel will select winners across the policing areas and an awards ceremony will be held in November.
These awards would not be possible without the support of local organisations and we would like to thank the Bristol Post, Western Daily Press, BT, Nomura, Rolls-Royce, Deloitte, SEA, First-West of England and Southwest One.
Posted on Wednesday 8th July 2015