Tell us about those bobbies who go extra mile

May 05 2015

COMMUNITIES in Downend, Emersons Green and Staple Hill are among those being asked to nominate their favourite bobbies.

COMMUNITIES in Downend, Emersons Green and Staple Hill are among those being asked to nominate their favourite bobbies.
Neighbourhood policing comes in all shapes and sizes, from police officers and police staff to special constables and police cadets, but all have the same ambition - to keep the communities of Avon and Somerset safe and feeling safe.
That is why if you have a neighbourhood team making a difference where you live or if a member of the police force has changed your life for the better, the police want to hear from you.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said members of the public are being asked to help them search out the best in local policing for awards which recognise their hard work and dedication.
“I am delighted to be announcing the launch of the Neighbourhood Policing Awards 2015.  When I speak to residents and local people I hear many stories of how officers, staff and volunteers have gone above and beyond their duty or how a team has really made a difference.
“I hope that these people and the wider communities of Avon and Somerset take the time to nominate their local policing teams and tell us why they mean so much to them.  It is because the nominations come from local people that these awards are so valued by the officers, staff and volunteers who work hard to keep us safe.”
The awards recognise the outstanding work of the Neighbourhood Policing teams and individuals in the following categories: Neighbourhood Beat Team of the Year, Neighbourhood Beat Manager of the Year, PCSO of the Year, Special Constable of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and the Outstanding Customer Service Award.  
This year police are also looking to recognise the work of Volunteer Police Cadets.
Acting Chief Constable John Long said: “The Neighbourhood Policing Awards are held to acknowledge the continued hard work and commitment to the public by our officers. On a daily basis they work hard to ensure you feel safe and are safe, with little or no expectation of recognition for their efforts.
“If you know of and can take the time to nominate a police officer, PCSO, special constable or neighbourhood team who has helped you feel safe in your area, it would be a priceless thank you from the communities our officers live to serve.”   
To nominate for this year’s awards and see photos from last year’s awards visit – the closing date for nominations is August 4. Nomination forms are also available in police stations.
Winners will be selected by an independent panel and an awards ceremony will be held on November 26.