Chris receives community hero award
Published on: 07 Sep 2015
From left to right, back row to front row: PC Stuart King, PCC Sue Mountstevens, PCSO Sheryl Drewitt, ACC Nikki Watson, PC Chris Rogers, PC Gemma Harper, Clair Sandilands, PC Martin Hudd
A POLICE officer based at Emersons Green is among the community heroes from across Avon and Somerset who have been presented with an award in recognition of their outstanding work.
PC Chris Rogers, a response officer who covers the Emersons Green and Chipping Sodbury district, was honoured with a PCC Pride Award at a recent ceremony at police headquarters in Portishead.
PC Rogers had been nominated by a local family who said they wanted Chris to be recognised for his high standard of professionalism.
They said he showed empathy and compassion when dealing with their family and described him as dedicated in getting to the truth and remaining completely impartial.
In their nomination the family said: “We have never met such a genuinely nice person who is as sincere as Chris. Our family hold him in very high esteem.”
PC Rogers said: “I am surprised and delighted to have been nominated. I was simply doing my job – listening and helping members of the public. It means a lot to me that it has touched the local community.”
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens was joined by Avon and Somerset Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Watson for the ceremony to celebrate officers and staff making a difference in the communities that they serve.
Nominations came from members of the public, from across Avon and Somerset and recipients included police officers, a police community support officer and a local council Anti-Social Behaviour caseworker.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “It is clear from my discussions with local people that there are many individuals going above and beyond what is expected of them. These silent stars play an outstanding role in making our communities safer and stronger. They are a credit to the public that they serve and it is important that we take the time to recognise their exceptional work.”
People are encouraged to put names forward as nominations for the PCC’s Pride Awards. The awards are open all year round and decisions are made quarterly. Visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk to make a nomination.
Other PCC Pride Awards were presented to the following individuals:
PC Martin Hudd – Fishponds
Martin helped diffuse community tension and was nominated by a Mr Dowsett who had been reluctant to contact police regarding the issues he was facing because he didn’t feel it would be deemed an emergency.
Mr Dowsett said: “Martin listened, understood and believed me. He dealt with the matter so skilfully and is a great example of effective and efficient policing.”
PC Hudd said: “This nomination was completely out of the blue. I do my job to provide long term solutions to problems experienced in the local community rather than to get recognition but I’m delighted to receive this award.”
PC Stuart King – Bristol
Stuart is responsible for the introduction of a GPS safety device as part of a dementia missing person harm reduction initiative. Stuart heard about a GPS monitoring device which aided services in the search for missing dementia sufferers. He recognised the benefits of the scheme and following a lot of hard work, the device is now available and supporting people in their everyday lives.
Stuart was nominated by Pat Lacey, whose husband suffers from dementia and uses a device. She said: “The monitor gives my husband freedom and provides me with reassurance every day. Stuart has been brilliant.”
PC King said: “It is lovely to know that the initiative is helping people to feel safe and secure. It’s not a substitute for care but will hopefully give many people a degree of autonomy that they may not otherwise have.”
PCSO Sheryl Drewitt – Filton
Sheryl was nominated by a resident after she helped them in securing and gating several of the alleyways at the back of their homes in the Filton area. After residents had campaigned for seven years, Sheryl helped to secure funding, rallied support and implemented the necessary changes to secure the area.
Sheryl’s nominator said: “We really needed her help and she was there for us, all the time – and believe me, it took time! Thank you so much Sheryl.”
PCSO Drewitt said: “I was shocked but overjoyed to be nominated for an award. I became a PCSO 12 years ago and am honoured to serve the community that I live in myself. I was happy to act as a driving force for the local project, which will reduce crime and make residents feel more secure, but I could not have done it without the passion and support of local residents.”
PC Gemma Harper and Clair Sandilands – Weston-super-Mare
Gemma is the Weston-super-Mare Beat Manager and Clair is a North Somerset Council Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) caseworker. The pair were instrumental in securing Avon and Somerset’s first Criminal Behaviour Order which banned two persistent street drinkers from being drunk in public.