Community Policing Awards 2013
The winners of the Community Policing Awards have been announced.
PC Barry Burnell is based at Iver police station and covers the neighbourhoods of Iver, Stoke Poges, and Wexham. He joined the Force in 2009.
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 some of the nominations as being diligent, an asset to Thames Valley and a credit to the community he covers, he has been praised for his work in the villages he covers tackling local priorities such as fly tipping, HGV monitoring, the theft of scrap metal, and excess speeding.
PC Burnell has worked hard to build strong relationships with partners to help him tackle the issues most of concern to his communities, such as VOSA, Bucks County Council and the Environmental Health Agency,
He has also received nominations from colleagues within Thames Valley Police who talk about the large amount of local knowledge he has, the support he is always happy to offer them, and he is described as being ‘inspirational’ to work alongside.
PC Burnell said: “I am very pleased to have been nominated for this award. I would like to pass on a personal thanks to those that nominated me. I had no idea I would have been nominated and was delighted to have opened my post at home and amongst the usual bills, the wonderful news that I had won not only the community officer of the year award for Buckinghamshire, but also the overall winner. I am very grateful.”
Sgt Colin Pike –Berkshire community officer of the year
Sgt Colin Pike is based at Ascot police station and covers the neighbourhoods of Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale. He joined the Force in 1984 and is due to retire at the end of July, having completed his 30 years service.
He has been chosen as community police officer of the year for Berkshire after receiving nominations from members of the public and partners, commending him for his great work in the neighbourhoods he covers.
Described in some of the nominations as being loved by the local residents and feared and respected by local criminals, he has been praised for his organisation of and attendance at local community events, including taking part in a 24-hour charity walk and a charity wheelbarrow race.
Sgt Pike attends and supports all NAG and community meetings, as well as the local youth club. The area he covers is experiencing very low levels of Anti-Social Behaviour at present, which one nomination states is due to the work of him and his Ascot team, working closely with the local authority.
He said: “I am quite shocked and overwhelmed by this award. I had no idea that I had been nominated and I would like to thank everyone who nominated me. I feel this award is for all of the team at Ascot who work very closely together to achieve results. It is a lovely way for me to enter my retirement.”
PC Chrisy Jupp – Oxfordshire community officer of the year
PC Chrisy Jupp is based at Cowley police station and covers the neighbourhood of Oxford Cowley. She joined the Force in 2007.
Chrisy has been chosen as community police officer of the year for Oxfordshire after judges saw nominations praising her hard work in the community she covers.
Described in one of the nominations as being supportive, generous, approachable and friendly, she has been praised for her work in tackling prostitution in the area, working closely with the sex workers intervention team, which led to a reduction of complaints from the community.
She has also identified and worked closely with some local residents with mental health problems and alcohol dependency issues, forging good relationships with them and getting support from other agencies for them, lessening their frequent calls to the police and disruption caused to their neighbours and other residents by their behaviour.
PC Chrisy Jupp said: “It is an honour to be nominated but I can honestly say that the work is a pleasure because of the support and help that I get from the Cowley neighbourhood team, all officers and staff in TVP and the teams and agencies outside of TVP that I deal with.”
PCSO Sandra Syphas – PCSO of the year for Oxfordshire and overall winner of her category
Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Sandra Syphas is based at Abingdon police station and covers the neighbourhoods of Drayton and Sutton Courtney. She joined the Force in 2008.
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 dealing with issues important to residents such as parking and rural crime.
Described in nominations as being hardworking, accessible, tireless, and extremely diligent, she cycles miles every shift in all weathers to make sure all her villages are visited. Sandra has been praised for her work in setting up a police office in Drayton so residents have a local desk where they can get help and advice, helping local schools raise awareness of both firework and road safety, and tackling traffic and parking problems and anti-social behaviour in her local areas.
Her work with young people and the elderly and vulnerable were especially noted by those who nominated her. In a number of cases, she has worked with teenagers who were causing problems for residents by making them appreciate how their behaviour affected others, and is described as being devoted to youth projects in the area, offering guidance and support. She also has close links with the VERA, the Vulnerable and Elderly Residents of Abingdon group, and is available to them even when she is not on duty.
Sandra said: “I feel extremely honoured to have been selected for this award, I am very privileged to be of service, and I am proud to represent Thames Valley Police within my community. My aim is always to do my very best, and I will continue to work hard for the people of my neighbourhood. A big thank you to all who took the trouble to nominate me.”
Debbie Rimmer – PCSO of the year for Berkshire
Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Debbie Rimmer is based at Bracknell police station and covers the neighbourhood of north Bracknell. She joined the Force in 2008.
She has been chosen as PCSO of the year for Berkshire after receiving nominations from members of the public, partners, and colleagues, commending her for her great work in the area she covers.
Described in some of the nominations as being highly visible, professional and efficient person, she has been praised for her flexibility in changing her shifts to attend all community meetings.
Debbie has tackled speeding in her communities, using a Speed Indication Device with local residents to monitor the speed of passing traffic. She has also been praised for her work with victims of crime; from making numerous reassurance visits after a vulnerable resident was burgled, to recognising an elderly victim was at risk of becoming a victim of fraud by a fraudulent repairman, and stepping in with Trading Standards to ensure the resident did not become a crime victim.
Angela O’Connell – PCSO of the year for Buckinghamshire
Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Angela O’Connell is based at Taplow police station and covers the neighbourhoods of Burnham, the Farnhams, and Taplow. She joined the Force in 2006.
She has been chosen as PCSO of the year for Buckinghamshire after receiving nominations from members of the public, partners, and colleagues, commending her for her great work in the area she covers tackling local priorities such as parking and anti-social behaviour.
Described in some of the nominations as being efficient, contentious and always going the extra mile, she has been praised for her work with helping local schools; running road safety poster competitions, overseeing and ensuring safety on walk to school events, and taking part in school assemblies and classroom talks. She has also organised community cleanups with local residents and sea cadets.
She is considered a vital link between police and the communities she covers and a valuable source of advice and support for residents on crime reduction, road safety, and any other policing issues they have.
Angela said: “I am absolutely delighted to win this award and thank everyone that has voted for me. I love my role and enjoy the flexibility of being able to work with so many organisations and residents and to think I might be making a difference.”
Ravi Kumar – Special Constable of the year
Special Sergeant Rav Kumar is based at Maidenhead police station and works in various Local Police Areas across Berkshire, including Reading, Windsor, and Maidenhead. He joined Thames Valley Police as a Special in 2011 and in his day job, he works as a Diamond Operative for De Beers.
He has been chosen as Special Constable of the year after receiving nominations from a number of colleagues, commending him for the support he provides to his colleagues on LPA, and his dedication to the Force.
Described in some of the nominations as being enthusiastic and devoted, he has been praised for his extensive traffic knowledge and the fact that he is as well known in some local communities as regular officers.
Special Sergeant Kumar is described as being one of the most competent and willing to learn specials his tutors has ever worked with and is always keen to expand his knowledge.
Special Sergeant Kumar said: “It is a great privilege to receive this award. However, all credit must go to the officers both past and present of Team 2 Maidenhead and Reading. It is their knowledge and guidance that has helped me achieve success. I would like to especially thank PC Richard Sherlock and PC Hedley Gabriel, without their encouragement and experience I would not be where I am today”.
PCSO Omendra Gurung – diversity champion of the year
Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Omendra Gurung is based at Reading police station and covers the neighbourhoods of Kentwood, Tilehurst, and Southcote. He joined Thames Valley Police in 2007.
He has been chosen as diversity champion of the year after receiving numerous nominations from members of the public and a number of colleagues, commending him for the support he provides to the Nepalese and Indian community in Reading.
PCSO Gurung is a Gurkha NCO veteran and the nominations praise his dedication to his PCSO role, describing him as an outstanding community representative and a credit to Thames Valley Police.
The nominations from the public talk about his willingness to help members of the community with any problems they face, using his excellent language skills to help them overcome difficulties with spoken and written English, filling out official forms for them, and carrying out community activities in his spare time.
Described in the nominations as being highly respected and a role model for the local community, he has been praised for his work in interacting with sometimes hard to reach communities and encouraging them to contact police when they have a problem.
The diversity champion of the year award is for the person who has made an outstanding contribution to promote diversity in their neighbourhood and PCSO Gurung is a deserving winner.
Robert Durrant - volunteer of the year
Robert Durrant is based at Milton Keynes and has been a volunteer with Thames Valley Police since 2009 and works part time in operations for Marks and Spencers in his day job.
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 on Milton Keynes LPA.
Described in some of the nominations as being professional, polite, and a credit to the volunteer support team, he has been praised for his work on visiting local residents to talk to them about signing up for the Thames Valley Alert scheme, freeing up neighbourhood officers to carry out other duties.
Robert also helps to run the community police point at Westcroft, allowing residents to get information and support from Thames Valley Police in their community. He is described as being a key part in the efficient and effective running of the police point.
Robert Durrant said: "It is a privilege to be a member of the Thames Valley Police Volunteer Support Team and to work with colleagues in the police family.”