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Avon and Somerset Specials win award at annual regional ceremony


Local heroes who give up their time to help their communities were recognised at an annual South West regional award ceremony at the weekend. 

Dedication, diligence and commitment were awarded at this year’s event in Dorset.

The event saw Special Constables and Police Service Volunteers awarded from the Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and British Transport police services. 

Police Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Specials and volunteers are such an important and valued aspect of policing, bringing a different type of dynamic and enthusiasm to police forces across the country.

“The role that Specials and volunteers play in reducing the fear of crime by offering reassurance to residents, acting as a vital link between local communities and neighbourhood policing teams is invaluable.

“I’d like to congratulate this year’s well-deserved winners and nominees.” 

The Avon and Somerset Police winner was Operation Chilly, which was given the Arthur Ellis, Special Constable Team of the Year Award 2016.

Operation Chilly was set up by the Special Constabulary as a response to reports of up to 100 young people gathering on the weekend in Barr’s Court, Aspects Leisure Park and other parts of Cadbury Heath and Longwell Green and causing anti-social behaviour.

Incidents included assaults on members of the public and cars damaged and noise.

Operation Chilly worked jointly with the local authority to keep youth clubs in the area open for longer.

Specials worked hard with local youth clubs to achieve support for the Street Games initiative which was rolled out to two locations in Cadbury Heath, as a tactic to deflect and channel young people into diversionary activities.

More than 100 letters were sent to parents of children at local schools.

Dispersal orders were used and Special officers engaged with over 80 young people.

Special Constabulary Chief officer David Farrell: “We are delighted for the Operation Chilly team.

“This operation is an excellent example of where the Special Constabulary have taken ownership of a problem, worked with many partners both internally and externally and created a solution that has not only solved the immediate priority but also put in place long term sustainable solution to anti-social behaviour.”

Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Crew said: “Operation Chilly is just one of many examples of where our Specials and volunteers give their own time and energy, outside of normal jobs and commitments of everyday life, to ensure people in the communities of Avon and Somerset feel safe and are safe.

“Of course they could not do that without the support of their family members and friends which allows those people to give their time to support us.

“We are very proud and this award is well deserved.”

Other nominations from Avon and Somerset that went to the regional awards were:

  • Chris James who was put forward for Police Support Volunteer of the Year for his tireless work as a cadet leader. The award went to a volunteer in Wiltshire.
  • The Martock Volunteers who were nominated in the category of Police Support Volunteer Team of the Year for providing accessible services to people who are hard to reach. They were highly commended alongside the Dorset team nomination. The award went to the Gloucestershire Police volunteer  team
  • Special Sergeant Roly Lock who was up for Special Constable of the Year for his years of dedication and professionalism in the role. The award went to the Gloucester Police nominee.
Posted on Monday 10th October 2016
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