Posted: Friday 17th April 2015
Today I’m pleased to be launching this year’s Neighbourhood Policing Awards. It’s an opportunity for me and the Acting Chief Constable to recognise some of the very best policing in our communities. To do that, it’s down to you to nominate police officers, staff and volunteers who have helped you in a time of need or been working tirelessly in your community and who you think deserve some recognition.
In the police service people are often very unassuming about what they do. They can perform outstanding acts of bravery or put in countless hours tackling a community problem but if asked about it they’ll simply shrug and say they were just doing their job. Your nominations have the power to show them that what they do is valued and if they win an award it really makes their day – if not their year.
The award categories recognise neighbourhood teams, police officers from both the regular and Special Constabulary, PCSOs, police staff and volunteers. There really is something for everyone so if someone has impressed you then please do let us know. It’s your police service and you can help to make a difference.
In a week when several parties have launched their election manifestos it won’t have escaped your attention that the general election is now in full swing. It’s the first one since Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced and it’s new territory for everyone.
PCCs are directly elected officials responsible for the governance of local police forces and commissioning local police and crime services. Each one has access to office resources provided to them by the taxpayer and quite rightly these resources cannot be used for party political gain. Individuals can support candidates but not in their role as Commissioner – an important distinction and one governed by various rules to help safeguard the process.
As an independent Police and Crime Commissioner I’m not supporting any candidates or parties in the local or general elections. I stood for election because I felt politics should be kept out of policing so I’ll be conspicuous by my absence from any debates or comment on these issues.
Until next time,
- Click here to find more information about the awards and submit your nominations nominations.