Community Policing Awards 2014

Winners of Community Policing Awards 2014

The winners of the Community Policing Awards 2014 are:

Winners of community officer of the year 2014

PC Michael Cowdrey – Bucks community officer of the year and overall winner of his category

PC Michael Cowdrey

PC Michael Cowdrey is based at Aylesbury police station and covers the neighbourhood of Aylesbury South, which includes Southcourt and Walton Court.  He joined the Force in December 2002.

He has been chosen as community police officer of the year for Buckinghamshire and as overall winner of community police officer of the year after receiving nominations from members of the public and partners, commending him for his great work in the neighbourhoods he covers.

Described in many of the nominations as being enthusiastic, passionate, dedicated and an ambassador for the Force. He was praised for the work he has done building a strong rapport with his community and tackling anti-social behaviour, engaging with young people and gaining their respect.

PC Cowdrey works closely with local partners at Aylesbury Vale District Council, various housing agencies, and local schools to tackle any problems in the area and regularly holds community meetings so residents can raise any concerns or issues, which are often attended by many young people in the area. He has worked with 1A and the Walton Court Healthy Living Centre to educate and interact with local residents and deal with any problems they may have.

He worked with a member of his team to set up a local boxing club for young people in the area to divert them from anti-social and possible criminal behaviour and give them something positive to get involved with.

PC Cowdrey also received a number of nominations from colleagues within Thames Valley Police who talk about how he is always willing to help colleagues and is never off duty to his team; his great local knowledge of the people and issues that make up his community; and how ‘his passion to serve his community with pride, integrity and compassion is an inspiration.’ One colleague describes him as a great role model who was an integral part of why they became a neighbourhood officer.

PC Cowdrey said: “It was a surprise to be told that I had been nominated as Community Officer of the year, and a total shock when I was told that I had won!  I am very proud of the achievement but should give most of the credit to the fantastic team that I work with, who are also passionate about all they do.  Without them it wouldn’t be possible.”

PC Steve Hinds - Berkshire community officer of the year

PC Steve Hinds

PC Steve Hinds is based at Pangbourne police station and has covered the neighbourhood of Pangbourne and Burghfield for two years. He joined Thames Valley Police in 2007.

He has been chosen as community police officer of the year for Berkshire after receiving nominations commending him for his great work in the neighbourhoods he covers.

PC Hinds won the award not only for his general neighbourhood policing work, but also because of the role he plays in liaising with Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) communities. Described in some of the nominations as being motivated, passionate, determined and resilient, he works tirelessly with residents at the two permanent traveller sites in West Berkshire.

Over the last two years, PC Hinds has developed an engagement plan to build a relationship with the GRT community, who can be traditionally reluctant to engage with the police and other agencies.

PC Hinds work with the two sites has reduced tensions earning the trust and support of some of the residents. He liaised with community leaders and spoke to partner agencies, instigating and supporting initiatives around training and welfare of the community, such as enhancing opportunities for education and assisting some residents in gaining recognised trade licences to enhance their work opportunities.

Due to PC Hinds determination and resilience in building a close relationship with the GRT community, he is now a recognised and usually a welcomed visitor to the sites.

PC Hinds also received nominations from his colleagues, who were impressed with his dedication to improving the lives of the GRT communities in his area, allowing them to become more engaged in the wider community and mention his resilience and passion for his role.

PC Steve Hinds said: “I feel humbled and surprised but equally very proud to have received this award. I do work with an excellent team, anyone of which would have been worthy of this award. Building trust is essential to any occupation but I would say that more so in our job and I have the fortunate position to be able to work in that position to try and enhance this. I am also very thankful for those who have had the confidence in allowing me to do this work and those who have supported me.”

PC Dawn Evans - Oxfordshire community officer of the year

PC Dawn Evans

PC Dawn Evans is based at Cowley police station and covers the Oxford Barton, Risinghurst and Sandhills neighbourhoods. She joined Thames Valley Police in 2000.

She has been chosen as community police officer of the year for Oxfordshire after receiving nominations from members of the public and partners, commending her for her great work in the neighbourhood she covers.

Described in many of the nominations as being well respected, committed, supportive and dedicated, PC Evans was praised for the community engagement work she carries out as well as managing and dealing with some repeat offenders who live in the neighbourhood and giving ‘110% to the community.’

PC Evans has dealt with a number of incidents in the area which have caused great concern to residents, such as a racial assault on a local shop keeper and an operation targeting drug supply at a local pub which led to three arrests and the seizure of cannabis plants and class A drugs. She was also praised in one nomination for the compassionate and sensitive way she dealt with a distressing incident involving a dog attacking a cat which could have caused tension between the pet owners.

She also regularly attends and takes part in community events, such as local fetes and community Christmas events. She helped organise the Barton Bash, which over 1,000 people attended, and policed the event, making sure no issues arose as well as engaging with the community. She is well liked within the community and people often drop by for a chat with her at the local Barton police office.

PC Evans was also nominated by colleagues, who described her as dedicated, hardworking and passionate, often working extra hours to help and advice colleagues and members of the community and volunteering to take on extra work, such as the responsibility for monitoring two repeat offenders who live in the neighbourhood to try and reduce their reoffending.

PC Evans said: “My passion for community policing still remains my focus after 13 years as a police officer. I have been lucky enough to have worked in many different roles including working with the most prolific offenders in Oxfordshire and being the Anti-social Behaviour Officer for Oxford City.

“Each new position I undertake has provided me with skills to utilise in this invaluable position in the community. To receive recognition for a job I enjoy doing is fantastic; it’s very much a brilliant combination of diligent colleagues and supportive partner agencies all with the same goal.”

Winners of Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) of the year 2014

PCSO Kerry Davis – winner of PCSO of the year for Oxfordshire and overall winner of her category

PCSO Kerry Davis

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Kerry Davis is based at Faringdon police station and is part of the Faringdon neighbourhood police team. She joined Thames Valley Police in 2009.

She has been chosen as PCSO of the year for Oxfordshire and overall winner of her category after receiving nominations from members of the public, partners, and colleagues, commending her for her great work in the area she covers, working closely with young people and schools, and gathering intelligence to tackle drugs in the area.

Described in nominations as being proactive, professional, caring and hardworking, Kerry works closely with vulnerable young people who may be at risk of being sexually exploited and has built up close relationships with the Kingfisher team and social services.

PCSO Davis has a great relationship with young people around her area, and is often not able to walk down the street without having at least one or two young people stopping to say hello. She has fostered a feeling of trust with young people and, through this and her work with local schools, has been able to provide an insight into the issues facing some young people and provide support in dealing with them.

She regularly visits the local community college, working with staff and parents and students to solve any problems that have arisen and offer support to them, and regularly takes part in many multi-agency meetings.

PCSO Davis is also well respected by her colleagues, who also nominated her. They described Kerry as ‘neighbourhood policing personified’, a person who takes great pride in her work and in helpful, approachable, trustworthy and highly respected.

PCSO Davis said: “All I can say is, I am honestly absolutely stunned to have been awarded PCSO of the year; it is of course a huge honour.

“I love my role here at Faringdon and am very fortunate to work with some fantastic people in and outside of TVP. I do feel incredibly passionate about the work that I do and hope to carry on for many years working within the Faringdon community.”

PCSO David Bullock – winner of PCSO of the year for Berkshire

PCSO David Bullock

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) David Bullock is based at Windsor police station and covers the Windsor Central neighbourhood. He joined Thames Valley Police in 2008.

He has been chosen as PCSO of the year for Berkshire after receiving nominations from members of the public, partners, and colleagues, commending him for his great work in the area he covers.

Described in nominations as being exemplary, friendly, and an asset to the Force, David runs the Windsor Street Angels scheme which has won the Community Safety Award in 2012 and 2013. He also works very closely with a project aimed at offering help and support to the homeless in the area.

As well as working with these projects, PCSO Bullock also works with various neighbourhood watch schemes and residents associations. Nominations from members of the public mention specific incidents he has dealt with which have made a real difference to their lives, including regularly visiting an elderly woman who had had an operation to check she was okay and dealing with incidents of anti-social behaviour which had blighted a road in the neighbourhood, which improved the lives of those affected.

He also works with autistic students at a local college and two local residential homes and is the police contact for several youth groups and schools in the area. David runs a beat surgery at Windsor library to engage with residents and has introduced a number of local initiatives, including Pram stamp to tackle the theft of prams and buggies and Summer Safe, aimed to give residents peace of mind before they go on holiday by carrying out a home security survey and providing them a ‘Going away kit.’

Many residents have his mobile phone number so they know they can get in touch with him when they need to and ask for his advice and support.

PCSO Sue Jones – winner of PCSO of the year for Buckinghamshire

PCSO Sue Jones

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Sue Jones is based at Waddesdon police station and covers the Haddenham and Long Crendon neighbourhood. She joined Thames Valley Police in 1999.

She has been chosen as PCSO of the year for Buckinghamshire after receiving nominations from members of the public and colleagues, commending her for her great work in the area she covers.

Described in nominations as being and friendly, practical and amazingly knowledgeable, Sue works closely with the rural communities in the villages she patrols and works closely with young people in the area.

She holds regular meetings at the local library to let residents know what support she can offer and ask for advice, as well as offering security marking and crime reduction advice to help victims avoid becoming a victim of crime. Sue attends parish council meetings regularly and updates them and residents about what is happening in the area and surrounding villages.

PCSO Jones also attends schools and playgroups to talk to children and also speaks to young people who gather in the parks in villages to speak to them about their behaviour and what impact it could have on those around them and the consequences of a criminal record for something such as criminal damage.

Many residents talk about how accessible Sue is to them, even when she is not on shift she is happy to offer advice and support if they contact her.

PCSO Jones said: “I am so very fortunate to be doing a job that I really enjoy, and to work with so many people who are so proactive and committed to their communities. Having worked in this area for several years now, we have built a rapport which has increased confidence in neighbourhood policing. This confidence and familiarity with the team, has let us feel like ‘one of the family’.....I would like to thank all of those who voted for me. I am overwhelmed by their kindness.”

In all the nominations received for PCSO Bullock, residents talk about how he is always cheerful, obliging and a valued and popular member of the community.  

PCSO Bullock said: “I am extremely honoured to have won this award and am very thankful to those people who nominated me. The role of PCSO means a great deal to me and I feel very lucky to work within such a fantastic team as well as a wonderful community. It is a real privilege to work in this role, to help the community and offer support those who need it and to represent Thames Valley Police”

PCSO Nicola Shepherd – winner of diversity champion of the year 2014

PCSO Nicola Shepherd

PCSO Nicola Shepherd is based at Wokingham police station and covers Woodley and Twyford.

She has been chosen as diversity champion of the year after receiving numerous nominations from members of the public and a number of colleagues, commending her for the support she provides to young people with special needs in the area.

Nicola has worked closely with youth groups in the area and now volunteers as part of the staff team at one with 50 members, taking annual leave to accompany them on days out.

She works with young members of the group who have a wide range of different support needs, including those with autism, down syndrome and people who are physically and mentally disabled.

PCSO Shepherd is involved in many other projects in her neighbourhood and has gained the trust and respect of many young people and their parents in the area. She goes above and beyond her role in taking courses and improving her knowledge so that she is able to deal with any situation.

In the words of one of the members of the community who nominated her: ‘Nicola is a credit to Thames Valley Police and a great influence in the lives of young people in Woodley.’

PCSO Shepherd said: “I am immensely proud to be receiving this award which came as a complete surprise to me. I am very grateful to the staff at my local special needs youth club who have been so welcoming and assisted me in achieving this award and I am very appreciative to my colleagues who nominated me. I thoroughly enjoy working with young people and have learnt many new things through my connection with the special needs club.”

SC Jacob Wilson - winner of Special Constable of the year 2014

Special Constable Jake Wilson

Jacob Wilson is based at Witney police station and works in Witney and the surrounding area. He joined Thames Valley Police as a Special in 2012 and in his day job; he works for Oxford School of Martial Arts.

He has been chosen as Special Constable of the year after receiving nominations from a number of colleagues and members of the public, commending him for the support he provides to his colleagues and his dedication to the Force.

Described in some of the nominations as enthusiastic, passionate, dedicated and with excellent interpersonal skills, he has been praised for the work he does with young people in the area by coaching them in martial arts and with rural communities, as he has a family background in farming.

Colleagues also site his commitment to the role of Special Constable, which is proven by the fact he often works whole night shifts alongside shift officers and that he is a regular feature in the community.

Special Constable Wilson is described as being one of the most competent and dedicated specials and a specials recruit assessor said: ‘I can truly say that Jake represents all that is positive with our colleagues in the Special Constabulary.’

Special Constable Wilson said: “I feel honoured just to be nominated by my colleagues. I enjoy supporting the regular officers in any way I can and giving something back to my local community.”

Ron Hollis - Winner of Volunteer of the year 2014

Ron Hollis

Ron Hollis is based at Eynsham and has been a volunteer with Thames Valley Police since 2003.

He has been chosen as volunteer of the year after receiving nominations from a number of colleagues, commending him for the support he provides to his colleagues in West Oxon police area

Described in some of the nominations as being extremely helpful, thoroughly likeable, and a mine of local information and contacts, he has been praised for his work running the front counter at Eynsham police information point two days a week and chairing the local Neighbourhood Action Group.

He has also helped with a CCTV project entering all retail premises with CCTV on a database so they were easily searchable, and assists with Farm Watch by visiting farms and offering crime reduction advice. He also spends one day a week in Woodstock police station helping with the admin for the local Speed Watch scheme.

All the nominations praise Ron for his dedication and his invaluable experience, as well as his willingness to assist with whatever project he is needed on.

Ron said: “I am very proud to receive this award, and thank all my colleagues in West Oxon for putting me forward. I look forward to continuing as a volunteer for some time to come and to helping to keep crime down in our area.”  

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