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PCC recognising the importance of volunteers in supporting local policing

PCC Sue Mountstevens with Michael Rich and Mike Dagger

PCC Sue Mountstevens with Michael Rich and Mike Dagger

During Neighbourhood Watch Week we are taking the time to highlight the importance of all the volunteers in our local communities and say why you should take the time to nominate that person selflessly working to keep you safe and feeling safe for an award.

For nearly 30 years Neighbourhood Watch has existed and become one of the biggest voluntary organisations in the country and Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens is keen to ensure the success of this initiative and all those across the force area are celebrated.

The Neighbourhood Policing Awards aims to recognise all that is great about local policing, not only acknowledging the work of police officers and staff, but also the volunteers who selflessly give up their time to tackling crime.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: "The dedication and commitment of all our policing volunteers across Avon and Somerset is inspiring. I thoroughly enjoy both meeting with many of them on my community days and hearing about the initiatives which are helping to keep local communities safe.

"We have had many different volunteers, who do a variety of jobs recognised as part of the Neighbourhood Policing Awards and I look forward to reading this year’s nominations submitted for the Volunteer of the Year award category."

Michael Rich, who not only won Volunteer of the Year for the North East policing area at last year’s awards, but also the Overall Force Winner for the category, is a dedicated Community Speedwatch Administrator for Bath and North East Somerset.

Michael’s nomination described him ‘as a real asset to the force’ and he was commended for his length of service professionalism and dedication. On receiving his award Michael said: "It was lovely to be considered 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."

The 2014 Neighbourhood Policing Awards also saw Mike Dagger awarded for his role as a local Neighbourhood Watch member, Steve England for his work with young people deterring them from anti-social behaviour and Douglas Allen for his support of his local Community Speedwatch.

If you have a volunteer working selflessly in your local community you can nominate them for the Volunteer of the Year category on the Neighbourhood Policing Awards 2015 website –www.neighbourhoodpolicingawards.co.uk.

Hardcopy nomination forms are also available on request and the closing date for all nominations is August 4, 2015. At 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.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for 2015 and if your organisation is interesting in supporting this event please visit the Neighbourhood Policing Awards website.

Posted on Friday 26th June 2015
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