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Community champions and courageous young people recognised at PCC Pride Awards


PCC Pride Award Winners with PCC Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh

True community champions, a criminal justice case worker and a courageous young man who plays an integral part in the campaign to end female genital mutilation were amongst the winners at Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ Pride Awards.

Certificates were presented to nine winners including two teams who attended the ceremony at Police Headquarters in Portishead, before having lunch with the PCC, and for the first time, Chief Constable Andy Marsh.

Speaking after the awards, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I have once again been completely overwhelmed by all of the individuals and their stories.  The tenacity of our young people, the passion of officers and staff and the professionalism of teams across our local communities all working to keep us safe and feeling safe is exemplary.

“I am always delighted to receive nominations for my Pride Awards and it is incredibly heart-warming to know we have such outstanding individuals living and working in our community.  All of today’s winners are true silent stars and each and every one has clearly gone above and beyond what is expected of them.”  

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. 

Police Constable (PC) Andrew Jerreat, a dog handler, was put forward for a PCC Pride Award after his nominator joined him and his two dogs, Elmo and Jake, during a ride along and his nomination reads: “Andy is a credit to the police service and gave me a new found respect for the dangers faced by police officers as well as the satisfaction experienced when they achieve results.”

PC Andrew Jerreat said: “It’s a great honour to be nominated and it’s nice to be thanked by so many people. We take a lot of time to show people about our role and the Ride Along scheme is a fantastic way for people to find out more about policing and being a dog handler.”

Robert Fortune, David Lawrence, Karen Thompson, Mike Parminter (all part of the Lighthouse Victim and Witness Care Team) and Tina Brewer (an Enquiry Office Advisor at The Bridewell police station) were nominated for their professionalism and the part they each had to play in dealing with an individual experiencing intimidation and anti-social behaviour.

On receiving his award, Robert Fortune, Lighthouse Victim and Witness Care Area Manager said: “We’re extremely proud of our award, and it recognises the work of all the victim and witness care officers working tirelessly across Avon and Somerset. We’ve helped one individual but all the teams are helping victims every single day. We’re extremely proud of the work we do.” 

Sami Ullah, was nominated by Lisa Zimmerman of Integrate Bristol, for being a young man with extraordinary integrity and determination and from the age of 16 has been an integral part in the campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and gender based violence.

Talking about his part in supporting the campaign, Sami said: “We’re sending people out across the UK and we’ve had invites to attend meetings and conferences all over the world to talk about this important work.  Without Integrate Bristol I don’t think I would have the skills I have today and I certainly wouldn’t have had half the opportunities to meet such a multitude of people including our current Prime Minister.”

Hazel Renauf, a criminal justice caseworker at One25, has been nominated for her work in supporting around 70 women every year who are involved in or are vulnerable to street sex work and who are involved in the criminal justice system.

Hazel said: “The award came totally out of the blue because I love my job and the whole team at One25 are so passionate about the work we do that I was surprised to be awarded as an individual.  It was an honour to sit and listen to others and their achievements it was a truly humbling experience and reminds you that we are all working towards improving our communities and helping those who are vulnerable and those in need of support. I think it’s great that PCC Sue Mountstevens is recognising the work being carried out in communities across Avon and Somerset.”

Nick Dewfall runs the Kelston Road Football scheme funded by the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund.  The initiative provides free football sessions for local children and young people with the aim of building community cohesion, improving social skills and increasing sport participation.  Since introducing the sessions, anti-social behaviour has also dramatically reduced in the local area.

Nick said: “It’s great for the project to be recognised and it’s nice that people can hear about the good work going on. I have lived in the area a long time and it’s nice to be able to contribute to life, as it’s far more than just somewhere you live.”

Harry Salmons was nominated for his role a Police cadet Team Leader and described as having efficient organisation skills and an exemplary attitude.  Harry’s nominator said: ‘it’s rare to come across a young person with the vitality and enthusiasm of this young man.’

Harry said: “It was a nice surprise to be nominated I didn’t think I had done anything extra to receive the award but obviously other people thought I had.  It has been a positive experience being able to come to Avon and Somerset’s Police HQ and to have the opportunity to meet PCC Sue Mountstevens in person.”

The Weston-super-Mare 'Night time Economy Team', which includes North Somerset Council licensing officers and street wardens as well as police officers, ambulance teams, street pastors, licensees and community groups, have been recognised for their partnership working in the area and initiatives such as the MAVIS bus and Alive After 5ive.

Inspector Sharon Bennett said: “The PCC Pride awards have been a great opportunity to celebrate partnership working, there has been two years of hard work put into achieving the Purple Flag status for Weston-Super-Mare and we are still working to progress this further.  The Mavis Bus in particular has been great in lowering demand in Weston town centre on popular nights of the year e.g. Halloween and pay day weekends for other agencies such as south west ambulance service. It’s been a great opportunity for agencies to come together and be recognised for the work we are doing in order to make our communities a safer one for the public.”

Weston-super-Mare Town Centre Manager, Steve Townsend said: “It’s really great to be here today to be recognised for our efforts and share our award with the Police.  We’ve got a really good working group; town centre management, the ambulance service, local authorities licensing and streets and open spaces and we work together to manage the town centre and Weston-super-Mare.  It’s key to make sure that families, local residents and visitors have a safe and enjoyable time.”

The North Somerset Trading Standards Team also picked up an award after being nominated by Inspector Sharon Bennett who describes them as true community champions who work with real care and passion, fighting a variety of issues that affect our local communities.  One example of the team’s excellent work was tackling the legal high shops in Weston which resulted in two closures.

More pictures from the Pride Awards can be found on the PCC’s Flickr page www.flickr.com/photos/aandspcc/


Posted on Monday 7th March 2016
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