Community Policing Awards 2016
Thames Valley Police is delighted to announce the winners of the Community Policing Awards 2016.
The eleven winners attended the ceremony hosted at Eynsham Hall on Wednesday 18 May.
Following the nominations that opened in January, a sifting panel then chose those to put through to the final judging panel chaired by ACC Nikki Ross.
The Community Policing Awards is the chance for members of the public, community groups, police officers and staff, and partnership colleagues to submit their nominations for those Officers, Staff and Volunteers that they felt had enhanced the service that Thames Valley Police offers.
Overall Community Police Officer 2016, and Buckinghamshire Community Police Officer 2016: PS Lucy Boddington
Community Police Officer of the Year 2016 video transcript
[Chris] Lucy in her own words, is driven by that work, it's why she wakes up in the morning, and it's something that she holds a desire to do within the police service.
[Nick] She's involved because she's passionate about it; I've spoken to her about why she does it and just in our conversations, she reads about it at home, she reads about it all the time - it's something she's desperately passionate about, and wants to continue to be passionate about.
[Jade] Really good, she's really positive, she really motivates me and the team, and she's really passionate and enthusiastic about everything she does, so it makes me feel the same really, it's really good.
[Lucy] the beauty of policing is you don't know, you can have your day planned and you can walk through that door and it's just turned upside-down, you never know what you're gonna go into, even when you're going to a job and you're given the circumstances you can't guarantee that's what you're going to face, and it's that unknown surprise, dealing with incidents spontaneously, I love that, I find that quite exciting.
[Glen] Lucy, not only in my area, but in the LPA as a whole has had a massive impact, the work she's done especially with safeguarding and in particular domestic violence is second-to-none, I've been in the police for thirteen years, and I don't think I've ever seen anyone take such a dedicated interest into protecting vulnerable persons as Lucy does. She's what I'd describe as a role model.
[Lucy] The reason I have a particular interest in domestic abuse, it's the one crime where a victim isn't a one-off victim, every single day they go home to where they should be safe and they get abused, whether it be verbally, emotionally or physically, and they have to live in that day-out day-out.
[Chris] She will work inside the organisation to develop her colleagues knowledge, training and abilities, but she will also be an advocate for delivering that knowledge, skill and ability to the community as well.
[Lucy] there was a victim and she was on briefing because she was high risk, and she was a street drinker, she was always with her partner and they did have a flat but they were always out and she always had broken jaws, and she was assaulted regularly but because she was an alcoholic we could never get a statement, she would never support and there was never any witnesses, we could never prove it. Anyway after a few weeks of always trying to, always seeing them together and trying to separate them and being unlucky, one day I saw him in town on his own - straight away my instinct said what has happened to her? he's on his own, so I approached him and he said to me 'oh no she's just stayed at home today she wanted to stay at home' and I knew there was something wrong with her, there had to be - he would not leave her on her own. He looked at me and must have saw something in my eye and started walking away, obviously he was going home so I ran got in the car, blue-lighted it to the flat, heard a moan behind the door, put the door in and got in the flat and there she was, broken arms, broken legs, she'd been there three days, because she was an alcoholic she was suffering withdrawals which is really dangerous for alcoholics, so I got her to hospital and he turned up at the hospital and I was there with just one other officer who was guarding her, he was a big bloke but just because of the outrage of it I managed to grab him and arrest him, handcuff him and get that done, he went to prison for a long time, because she was sober we managed to get a statement and deal with it so, I'm pretty proud of that job because she is now moved on and broken free from that domestic abuse, and he's in prison where he belongs after years and years of suffering.
[Chris] Lucy is the kind of person that will go above and beyond, so she will work with domestic abuse charities, delivering training to her peers, going out operationally to deal with domestic abuse incidents, she will do all of this within her normal duty hours, but she'll also find time in her spare time to come in, attend meetings, I know recently she went to neighbouring LPAs to work out how they were dealing with domestic abuse and taking the learning back, bringing it back to Aylesbury Vale LPA, she did all of this in her own time. She commits herself 110% on and off duty to the community, first off and secondly as a champion in her role for all sorts of things.
[Jade] Oh I just don't know how she manages it all but she does a brilliant job with everything she does.
[Lucy] When I speak to people in the community that I have helped, people are really grateful and they'll come back and they'll tell you and when I see people two or three months down the line, that have moved on after a crime and they remember me and we have a chat, it's one of them jobs where you get paid to go and help people every single day and if you think how good it feels, even if someone dropped a piece of paper on the floor and you pick it up and you give it to them it makes you feel quite good, you've helped someone. And I think this is the job where you get paid to go and help people, and feel good about it every day, and get money for it, it's fantastic. No job like it.
PS Lucy Boddington is based at Aylesbury police station.
PS Boddington is described by colleagues as “Always smiling, and a key member of the team, an exceedingly good police officer, with great communication skills and a very positive outlook.”
Oxfordshire Community Police Officer 2016: PS Ryan James
PS Ryan James is based at Faringdon police station.
PS James has been described by his local Neighbourhood Action Group chair as “having made such a difference to the community through his proactive policing.”
Berkshire Community Police Officer 2016: PC Maryann Shaw
PC Maryann Shaw is based at Wokingham station.
The Housing Needs Team at Wokingham Borough Council describe the work PC Shaw does as “Going beyond her call of duty, she has played an integral part in mediation processes and risk assessing vulnerable young people faced with homelessness in Wokingham borough.”
Overall PCSO 2016, and Oxfordshire PCSO 2016: PCSO Chris Jones
PCSO of the Year 2016 video transcript
[Carl] Wherever I go, the first name that comes to everybody is 'do you know Chris Jones?' It's not anybody else, it's always his name that comes up first, so that's great it's a great testament to the amount of work that he puts in.
[Chris] For the last nine and a half years, I've never had a Monday morning feeling, I can put my hand on my heart and say I've never, ever, had a Monday morning feeling. So it's really important to get to know all corners of my community, and that means getting used to all the game-keepers, the landowners, the small schools, all the small businesses and getting my name out there so I'm a point of contact, and also regularly visit them. I've got to know all the children, I go into every one of these homes every month to deliver workshops. It's incredibly important for the children to know me, and for me to know them and their background and all their details.
[Carl] Quite often they're young children that have been re-homed to Oxfordshire from major cities and towns around the UK, so they're quite isolated and feel lonely, and so to have that interaction with Chris is excellent because when they go missing as they sometimes do, they run off, Chris has got to know them and he's built up a great rapport with them.
[Alex] The kids we look after, the boys actually do kind of jump and offer him a cup of tea, and make him a cup of tea which is kind of, kind of quite nice, we do try and have quite a sort of homely atmosphere here, and I think the fact that he can kind of come in, in quite an informal way, kind of adds to that and buys into our ethos as well so, yeh he's good at that.
[Chris] I've been creating videos for CSE [Child Sexual Exploitation] and internet safety now for quite a few years in the job, but the problem was we just weren't getting the turn-out for the adults, so the parents evenings the adults and professionals they weren't turning up to our sessions so we'd run sessions after school and we'd get one or two adults there, so i decided to put a forty minute video together, approached Cineworld and Chipping Norton Theatre, and did a big viewing, and advertised it wide so we could get members of the public there.
[Carl] He put a lot of this work together in his own time, he puts the awareness videos together and he then sorted out getting the venues to be able to promote these videos, and then sent around the invitations to get the people involved, and I think the most notable one was at Chipping Norton Theatre, where we had the Sixth Form from Chipping Norton School and they just listened intently throughout, and they all said what an amazing, impactive video that Chris had put together, and it helps them all be aware of it, and they've realised it can happen anywhere, and to anyone.
[Chris] I think my favourite part of my job is actually my colleagues, I've been really lucky in having superb line managers, great sergeants, and inspectors, and they have trust in me to push new initiatives forward and they've always supported it. [Matt] Determination and his character, he's actually, and the fact that he's not gone out to get the award, he's got this award as a result of what he's done, not as a result of going out to, 'that's my aim this year', his aim this year was literally to help people, and to the best of his ability, and he's gone above and beyond what was expected.
[Chris] I wanted to be that person walking around knowing my community, getting to know my community, and dealing with my community.
PCSO Chris Jones is based at Woodstock station.
Enstone Parish Council praise PCSO Jones “Chris works so hard on behalf of his community, going beyond what is expected, Thank You.”
Berkshire PCSO 2016: PCSO Tracy Beards
PCSO Tracy Beards is based at Bracknell Station
PSCO Beards is described by one local resident “Tracy is an amazing PCSO, she always puts her job first and is so friendly to everyone...she never lets anyone down.”
Buckinghamshire PCSO 2016: PCSO Denise Hawkes
PCSO Denise Hawkes is based at Beaconsfield station
A local resident describes PCSO Hawkes as “A motivated and dedicated officer who really deserves this award. She is very involved in the community... she knows everyone in her community.”
Special Constable 2016: SC Rubyanne Lines
Special Constable of the Year 2016 video transcript
[Steph] She’s a deserving winner because I have never met anyone who is like her.
[Rubyanne] Unbelievable probably one way of putting it I never expected it, never thought I would be nominated let alone winning it.
[Steph] She’s unique in that she has so much passion and drive and love for being a special
[Rubyanne] For me I wouldn’t go into work and think I am not being paid for this. I would go in and do my job and it would just be so the typical thing people would say, serving the community.
[Lee] At no point was she ever hesitant about going to anything she has a real natural reaction to everything. It’s not something you can really teach for someone to have a natural reaction to a certain incident
[Rubyanne] Its life experience and it’s so enjoyable, for me it gives you a different outlook on life. I think until you have done it, I everyone is quite closed minded and don’t think about what others go through or I would recommend it to anyone, I absolutely love it. It came in as a shoplifter there was me my crew mate and another double crew there, with our blue lights on it was down a little back street in Henley and the little girl I think she was walking past with her mum, I don’t know if she lived in the area or not but she was very upset and I went over got down to her level asked if she was ok, talked to her and gave her reassurance that she was ok and everything was ok. I remember returning to work 2-3 days later, there was a drawing in my docket, there a note that said to the lovely police officer that spoke to me on the night of and a lovely little drawing of me and the girl and the police car, it really was lovely.
[Lee] She is just a lot of fun and our job can be quite challenging and stressful at times so it was really good to work with Rubyanne she helps to distress and have fun and be able to enjoy your job
[Steph] She is itching to get out the door to anything, she has so much passion and drive for the job it’s really nice to that in someone, hope she continues that in her regular role.
[Rubyanne] It’s that extra officer that is going to be there when someone needs a hand, you are giving someone that extra bit of comfort or reassurance in their community that people are doing something and they are there to protect you.
Special Constable Rubyanne Lines is based in Oxford.
SC Rubyanne is described by a colleague as “A real inspiration and a pleasure to work alongside.”
Volunteer 2016: Melanie Ridgeway
Volunteer of the Year 2016 video transcript
[Julie] A good volunteer is someone who is committed to helping, someone who has some skills, some life experience they want to bring to the table or has something a spark a bit of a passion for something, I really want to know how to do that better, or I really want to help you do that better.
[Mel] It’s a really difficult question to answer but I actually just enjoy the atmosphere here as well and be part of such a committed team as well I am really proud to come in and work with them all , I know that they need an extra pair of hands when I come in. So I just feel really valuable and very much part of that team,
[Kevin] Having Mel come in and help us is a great help, there is obviously eight officers but we don’t all work at the same time and there is only two grooms so sometimes they have a day off, so when Mel comes in she helps us to muck the horses out, which frees up our time to go out and do police patrols get out on the lorry, she makes the feed etc, so on those days as well when there’s not a groom she is more valuable as she works as a groom would, so she gets all the horses done, helps care for them frees up our time to do some policing.
[Mel] I couldn’t believe it, I had to read the letter I think it was three times in the end to understand what was being said, I was absolutely amazed and delighted. I arrive at about half seven in the morning and I check the board in the office to see if I have been allocated a horse to ride and the horses that are on late duties, I come down to the yard if they haven’t been fed I will feed them their breakfasts, then I will start mucking out, it doesn’t matter which end of the yard you start there are still ten boxes to do. After we have mucked out the officers will arrive to help with the mucking out and there could be another civilian groom on, we will then go have a cup of tea and talk about what needs to be done for the rest of the day.
[Kevin] We all wanted to nominate Mel because she is such a hard worker and everything she has given to us on the mounted section with her hard work we felt she needed some kind of recognition, for that work that she has done for us over all the years that she has been doing it.
[Julie] They have a massive impact, volunteers are there to support police officers but also support the community. So their roles when they come in and do whatever it is they do as they do a vast amount of things. Helps release police officers and staff to do their core roles. But also gives back a bit of community feel to policing which is what the community feel needs to focus on.
[Mel] You know you are just a small part of a very big organisation, but you can make an impact just by coming in maybe once a week, people are very grateful for all the help i can give and it is just knowing you are helping the community.
Volunteer Melanie Ridgeway is based at the Mounted Section, Milton Keynes
Melanie is described by colleagues as “an outstanding credit to both the Mounted Section and Thames Valley Police, she allows us to meet our busy policing commitments, she is a great ambassador for the department.”
Diversity Champion 2016: PC Bushra Sheikh
PC Bushra Sheikh is based at High Wycombe station.
Local County Councilor described PC Sheikh “Down to earth and modest... she has been working with women and minority groups in Wycombe for a number of years.”
Cadet 2016: Jamie Dearing
Cadet Jamie Dearing is based in Bracknell.
A leader at Jamies Cadet Unit said “Jamie has impressed the leaders with his commitment and determination, Jamie has completed an impressive 75.5 hours of the Units 794 hours since July 2015.”
Victim Support Award 2016: PS Tim Woolford
PS Tim Woolford is based at Wokingham station.
A Victim that PS Woolford supported said “I will never forget his kindness and support at such a difficult time for our family.”
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