All the Avon and Somerset Overall Winners
Dedicated officers, police staff and volunteers who serve their communities and go that extra mile beyond the call of duty were celebrated at this year’s Neighbourhood Policing Awards ceremony.
The event was held at Cadbury House Hotel in Congresbury on Thursday, November 26, 2015.
The awards, jointly hosted Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Avon and Somerset Constabulary, are to reward members of the police family for their hard work in ensuring the communities of Avon and Somerset are safe and feel safe.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “These awards give us the opportunity 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 and thank you for all you do to keep us safe and feeling safe.”
We also received messages support from some well-known faces amongst the local community including Stuart Hooper, Bath Rugby Captain:
Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said: “I have read all the nominations and it’s a humbling experience to see what members of the public say. This is an occasion to remind ourselves of the great work done by men and women every day. It’s important we recognise it and be proud of what we do for the public.”
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 eight categories, winners were chosen for each policing area; Bristol, the North East (covering South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset) and 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 by the 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 Kevin Stoodley
Street police officer Kevin Stoodley, who died earlier this year days before his 41st birthday, has been posthumously honoured with the title of best beat manager.
He died suddenly in March after suffering a suspected heart attack while on duty, leaving a wife Emma and children Tyler, 17, Kai, 11 and six-year-old Sapphira.
He grew up in Street and worked as a police officer in the area for 12 years.
Kevin’s nomination form said: “Kevin was a community bobby and everything a police officer
should be. He was seen cleaning community gardens, at many a council meeting and always on the beat. He was very well known and as a community we will miss him.”
Police Community Support Officer of the Year – Leanne Edwards
Leanne, who is based in Yeovil and previously in Shepton Mallet said “Thank you to everyone who nominated me – it’s very rewarding that people value our work in the community. I’m very happy to win this award.”
Leanne’s nomination form said: “Leanne is a wonderful PCSO. She regularly pops into resident
coffee mornings at Hanover Housing to let residents know if anything might cause them an issue and to listen to their concerns.”
Special Constable of the Year – David Hayhurst
SC David Hayhurst received his award from David Farrell, Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary. On receiving the award David said: “I really enjoy working as a Special Constable. I love the job – it’s exciting catching criminals and helping the community. I’m training to be a regular officer and am looking forward to joining the profession.”
David’s nomination form said: “Dave primarily works with the Easton team and has been
a huge help. He averages around 100 hours a month and has made numerous arrests. He is a great support to the team.”
Outstanding Customer Service Award – Insp Sharon Bennett
Insp Sharon Bennett received her award from Mike Parfitt of sponsor BT. On receiving the award Sharon said: “It’s really humbling for me to be nominated by the community. I’m chuffed to bits and thank all my team and community partners.”
Sharon’s nomination form said: “Sharon always goes above and beyond the call of duty, working tirelessly to tackle many of the issues prevalent in the area, actively engaging in local partnership working.”
Public Recognition Award – PC Paul Adams
Bristol Area Commander Chief Superintendent Jon Reilly accepted the award from Bill Hall of sponsor Deloitte as PC Paul Adams was unable to attend the ceremony.
The person who nominated Paul said in their nomination form: “Paul is an experienced and victim-focused frontline officer who regularly takes on the additional responsibility of being a tutor constable, putting himself out to develop others.”
Volunteer of the Year – BPA Volunteers
This award was presented by PCC Sue Mountstevens. Volunteers include Dareece James, Farah Ali, Kishori Narrain, Pierce Mcfarlane, Sarika Morrison, Calvin Ho, Chris James and Liza Nassrin.
Winner Farah Ali said: “Congratulations to all the team and thanks to all who support us. It’s very satisfying to work together for the benefit of the community and to be valued for what we do.”
The nomination form for the BPA Volunteers said: “The BPA Volunteers are made up of a diverse group of people who really want to make a difference in their communities. They are role models who work to raise awareness of the opportunities that are available to all. They also empower young people to achieve their potential.”
Volunteer Police Cadet of the Year – Alex Masey
This was the first ever Volunteer Police Cadet of the Year award category following feedback from last year’s awards to give the Cadets their own award category. Alex Masey, of South Gloucestershire Cadets, was announced as the winner and was presented his award by Steve Hill of SEA who is a sponsor of the awards.
Alex said: “I was very proud to be described as a model cadet they’d like to clone. I’ve really enjoyed my time a s a cadet and hope to have a career in the police.”
The nomination form for Alex Masey said: “Alex is a senior cadet who is always at the weekly meetings. He willingly volunteers for events and has recently organised a charity cycle ride with the younger cadets. He is an excellent role model for his peers.”
Neighbourhood Beat Team of the Year – Frampton Cotterell
After receiving their award from Rob Stokes, Editor of the Western Daily Press, PC Finbar Simmons, with PCSOs Bethany Harrington and Andrew Pound, said: “We’re shocked to have won but very happy. We’d like to thank those members of the public who nominated us – it’s great to get their recognition of our work.”
The nomination for the Frampton Cotterell team said: “The team always responds to any concerns or enquiries the parish council has, keeping it updated on any incident that may affect the community. They attend village events and talk to residents, solving issues where they can.”
To see more news and information on the awards as well as photos from the night visit www.neighbourhoodpolicingawards.co.uk
The Neighbourhood Policing Awards are only possible thanks to the sponsorship and support from local and national businesses including The Bristol Post, Western Daily Press, Medlock Charitable Trust, Unison, First – West of England, AN: Event Services, Workhouse Marketing, Double Tree Hilton Cadbury House, Rolls-Royce, Deloitte, Nomura, SEA and Southwest One.
Posted on Friday 27th November 2015