Community Policing Awards 2015

Winners of Community Officer of the Year 2015

Thames Valley Police is delighted to announce the winners of the Community Policing Awards 2015 after the awards ceremony hosted at Eynsham Hall in Oxfordshire on Wedneday 15 July.

Nominations opened in March when members of the public, community groups, police officers and staff, and partnership colleagues all were able to submit nominations for those Officers, Staff and Volunteers that they felt had enhanced the service that Thames Valley Police offers.

Nominations were sifted through and then put before a judging panel chaired by ACC Alan Baldwin, the successful nominations attended the ceremony to receive their awards.

Buckinghamshire Community Officer of the Year and overall winner of his category - PC Andrew Smith

 Community Officer of the Year

Video transcript

  • Community Officer of the Year video transcript

    Community Officer of the Year Video Transcript

    This is, probably the proudest I've felt, because I never expected this. I really did not see this coming at all. When I look at the team I work with, I work with so many other excellent neighbourhood officers, to be selected out of all those people is very humbling to be quite honest.

    Fridays, Friday afternoon what I'll try and do is make Friday prayers down at the main mosque, I don't go into the mosque, to be honest you can never fit in there, it's generally full on both floors, but I'll just stand outside and listen to the call to prayer, meet the chaps outside, have a chat with them afterwards, see the elders afterwards, to be quite honest that is a very enjoyable part of the day, it's the quietest and most peaceful part of the day just standing there, and it's good fun, gives you a chance to integrate. (Sgt Benfield) I personally nominated Andy for this award because I could see how much that community mattered to him, and how much effort and work he put in to making things better up there.

    Sometimes policing can feel like a really thankless task, you rush around you do a lot of good work, you go to a lot of jobs, you do a lot of things, and it's nice to be rewarded, and I know the community will support this award. When things are going well, things aren't too noticed, it's just sort of business as usual, but when things go wrong, we've had serious disorder or crime sprees he's always at the centre of things, either as an investigating officer or as the person that can support investigation teams like CID and reactive shifts because he knows everybody, and he knows the links, and often he is a person that can make the picture clearer for us.

    The biggest impact he's had is through all the links he's created, for example the mosque and the elders in the community trust Andy and that doesn't come overnight because it's difficult when you see lots of different police officers to know who to trust who's going to work the way they'd like you to work, so Andy's spent a lot of time building links, earning their trust so that now, if he says something will be done, or this is how we are going to deal with it they believe him and they have faith in his abilities and the teams, so I think that's one of the big things, and you can see that when you walk around the area and you talk to shop keepers they know and respect him, I believe so, I believe they've got a lot more faith in identifiable people, and that's at the heart of neighbourhood policing, that people know who their neighbourhood officers are, they can trust them, and they know what sort of response they'll get, and Andy fulfils that, he's an ideal neighbourhood officer in that respect.

    (Andy) What I enjoy most at the moment is dealing with long term issues and problems, because ultimately it's nice to know that you've taken the time, you've worked with these people, you've worked with them and within them, to solve their long term issues and hopefully at the end of the day improve their qualities of life, and that is the buzz of working an area like castlefield and oakridge.

PC Andrew Smith

PC Andrew Smith is based at High Wycombe police station and covers the Castlefield and Oakridge Areas.

PC Smith is described by colleagues as “an absolute credit to Thames Valley Police. He is widely liked, trusted and respected and I have no hesitation in nominating him for formal recognition.

He is recognised by peers on his team who look up to him as a shining example of a neighbourhood officer.”

Andy's Citation (PDF 68 Kb - opens new window)

Berkshire Community Officer of the Year - PC Peter Duffy

PC Peter Duffy

PC Peter Duffy is based at Newbury police station as an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer and covers the West Berkshire area.

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.

Peter's Citation (PDF 85 Kb - opens new window)

Oxfordshire Community Officer of the Year - PC Paul Arnold

PC Paul Arnold

PC Paul Arnold is based at Cowley police station and covers the Marston and Northway neighbourhoods.

He has been chosen as Community Police Officer of the Year for Oxfordshire after receiving nominations from members of the public and partners, commending him for his great work in the neighbourhoods he covers.

Paul's Citation (PDF 76 Kb - opens new window)

Winners of PCSO of the Year

Berkshire PCSO of the Year (Joint winner) and overall winner of his category - PCSO Ian Chaston

 Berkshire PCSO of the Year

Video transcript

  • Berkshire PCSO of the Year video transcript

    Berkshire PCSO of the Year Video Transcript

    What sort of stands out with Ace above others, he is so passionate about the job. He loves it to pieces, always comes in, you know, usually about an hour early, and um just comes in to see what's been going on, talks about stuff thats sort of happened the day before, or if he's been off, you know, he wants to know what's been going on etcetera.

    I've been a PCSO for almost five years now, and it's the best move I've ever made, really, it's fantastic. I think if you can just make yourself approachable, and listen to what people say, and empathise. Quite a few times I've had youngsters say well we'll talk to you Ace because you're actually quite a decent PCSO, which I think is quite a compliment.

    They know I've got my job to do, but there's no reason to make the job harder than it already is. When I'm out on patrol with him or other people, people are always shouting out "hiya Ace!", whether it's the younger members of the community or mums at the school, or people in the coffee shop and businesses, he's so well known.

    The way he makes a difference to the team is he is so enthusiastic and he's got a great sense of humour, he's always happy, always smiling, umm comes in and if one of us is feeling a bit down maybe you know he's only got to come in and give that smile and we're all smiling basically, and as I said the way he communicates with the community, and everybody really, he is just so enthusiastic, so passionate, and everybody sees him out on his bike. He's just a great overall person really.

    Ace's work with the CSE team and with the community as well, it's part of our job as the neighbourhood team to visit certain people that we think may be involved with CSE, so umm, Ace visits these people, he knows them anyway, because he's out there all the time so he's quite happy to go round to where they live, speak to the people there that may be involved, speak to the family, and that sort of makes an impact as well because they're quite happy to talk to him, the family are quite happy to talk, and maybe friends that are there as well because of the way Ace is they're quite happy to talk, and that makes them happy to give us information or give Ace information to pass onto us, which can lead to them being less at risk, other people being less at risk so it's a big thing that Ace does, the way he can talk to people to enable them to talk to him, and feel happy to do that.

    I just do what I can, you know? I think it makes people comfortable if they see you, not so much as a presence but, you know, you're there, you're somebody that they can talk to, yeh I think that's really good.

PCSO Ian Chaston

PCSO Ian Chaston is based at Reading police station and is part of the Caversham Neighbourhood police team.

Known as the “friendly PCSO on the bike” Ian has clearly touched the lives of the people within Caversham. A resident adds, “He is friendly, approachable and Caversham would be lost without him”.

Ian's Citation (PDF 132 Kb - opens new window)

Berkshire PCSO of the Year (Joint Winner) - PCSO Victoria Williams

PCSO Victoria Williams

PCSO Victoria Williams is based at Wokingham police station and covers the Wokingham community.

Described by colleagues as friendly and approachable, Victoria has an exceptional understanding of the needs of people with learning disabilities, as well as a great knowledge of the services that provide support.

Victoria's Citation (PDF 85 Kb - opens new window)

Buckinghamshire PCSO of the Year - PCSO Vijay Desai

PCSO Vijay Desai

PCSO Vijay Desai is based at Beaconsfield police station and covers the Beaconsfield area.

Vijay is a PCSO who works tirelessly to provide the community with support and strives to make the community a better place to be.

Vijay's Citation (PDF 89 Kb - opens new window)

Oxfordshire PCSO of the Year - PCSO Colin Davies

PCSO Colin Davies

PCSO Colin Davies is based at Carterton police station and covers the neighbourhood areas of Bampton, Carterton and Burford.

He has been chosen as Community Police Officer of the Year for Oxfordshire after receiving nominations from members of the public and partners, commending him for his great work in the neighbourhoods he covers.

Colin's Citation (PDF 86 Kb - opens new window)

Diversity Champion of the Year - Inspector Nicola Pierce

Inspector Nicola Pierce

Insp Nicola Pierce is based at Slough police station and works within the South Slough Neighbourhood Team.

Insp Pierce has been instrumental in leading a joint agency approach to rid the south Slough communities of drug dealers and anti-social behaviour.  Her tireless and professional approach to tackle these local issues has seen a great deal of change, which has left a positive impact within the community.

Nikki's Citation (PDF 89 Kb - opens new window)

Special Constable of the Year - SC Fiona Merritt

SC Fiona Merritt

SC Fiona Merritt is based at Milton Keynes police station and is attached to the local neighbourhood team on the North Neighbourhood Sector.

SC Merritt has been working in Milton Keynes for 27 years. During this time she has performed thousands of hours of duty on a regular and consistent basis. This includes pre-planned operations, such as Operation Decibel and Operation Nightsafe, community events such as MK Dons football matches, as well as providing a huge amount of support to her regular and SC colleagues.

Fiona's Citation (PDF 64 Kb - opens new window)

Volunteer of the Year - Tony Keep

Tony Keep

Described as a “great ambassador” for the Force museum, Tony contributes towards its growing success through his talks, tours and invaluable research. This is completed in his own time and often at his own expense, motivated only by the success of delivering a quality community service.

Tony's Citation (PDF 106 Kb - opens new window)

Community Contribution of the Year - PC Ian Dring

PC Ian Dring

PC Ian Dring is based at Abingdon police station and covers South Oxfordshire.

Described in his nominations as being extremely dedicated, PC Dring has been praised by the residents as going above and beyond the call of duty.  They feel that he works tirelessly to achieve results and promote community reassurance.

Ian's Citation (PDF 88 Kb - opens new window)

Cadet of the Year - Naomi Edwards and Ellena Savage (Joint winner)

Naomi Edwards and Ellena Savage

Naomi Edwards and Ellena Savage have been chosen as joint winners of Cadet of the Year after receiving nominations from their cadet leaders.

Naomi is described by her cadet leader as “smart, diligent and eager to succeed” Naomi takes direction calmly but not to the point of automation. She will ask and probe a situation to gain complete understanding of the task and her involvement.

Ellena is described by her cadet leader as “smart, trustworthy and honest” She is a fine example to all young people, especially within the cadet arena.

Naomi and Ellena's Citations (PDF 87 Kb - opens new window)

David McDonald - Police Staff Lifetime Achievement Award

David McDonald

David joined Thames Valley Police in January 1990 as the Manager of Taplow workshop, he made changes to the way the workshop delivered its service, lifting it from being considered the worst performing to the best.

David was promoted in 2001 to Fleet Operations Manager and has bought everything from a Scooter to Horse Transporters to Armoured Personnel Carriers, in fact during his time in his current role David will have replaced every fleet vehicle in TVP at least once, apart from an agricultural tractor used by the Mounted Section!

David is now planning a peaceful retirement with his family in his home county of Lincolnshire.

David's Citation (PDF 217 Kb - opens new window)

Supt Jill Simpson – Police Officer Lifetime Achievement Award

Supt Jill Simpson

Jill joined Thames Valley Police in September 1985 and has served in various locations and roles across the Force area.  By way of example, Jill has been a trainer, a crime manager, an Area Commander and for the last 8 years, the Head of People Services.  In every role her commitment to serving the public, professionalism, energy and attention to detail have been exemplary.

Jill's Citation (PDF 38 Kb - opens new window)

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