Thames Valley Police is delighted to announce the winners of the Community Policing Awards 2021
Berkshire and Overall Community Police Officer 2021: Police Constable Colin Boyes
Colin joined the force in 2011 and is currently based in Reading.
Colin works tirelessly to resolve many community issues and has dealt with drug offences and prostitution among other projects in the area. He is dedicated and focussed on finding solutions to improve the community.
He is described as “extremely efficient, easy to talk to and very reassuring.” One of his nominators said, “He really is a great asset to the neighbourhood.”
Oxfordshire Community Officer 2021: Police Constable Bev Kaur
Bev joined Thames Valley Police in 2002 and is based in Didcot.
Bev is a dedicated and innovative neighbourhood officer who has shown real determination to build links with new service providers in her area. This has included youth accommodation providers and a new school and community college. Her support and work with young and vulnerable people has been excellent and has helped prevent them from being open to exploitation by others.
Bev is described as “kind, caring and compassionate”.
Buckinghamshire Community Officer 2021: Police Constable Andy Hipkin
Andy joined Thames Valley Police in 2001 and is based in Milton Keynes.
Andy has become the face of policing in the area especially around the residential flats that have always been surrounded by anti-social behaviour and disputes between residents. He has a calm demeanour and relaxed approach to policing and uses this as an excellent way of engaging with those who don’t normally speak to police.
One nominator said “I feel a lot safer with Andy about and it’s really nice to have someone so invested in the community and who enjoys learning about the residents so he knows how to help them best.”
Oxfordshire and Overall Police Community Support Officer 2021: Annabel White
Annabel joined the force in 2017 and is based in Barton, Oxford.
She has made a great effort to engage with the community on all levels and through this has raised the community’s confidence in the police by breaking down the invisible barriers that sometimes exist between the police and communities.
Annabel is described as ‘a real asset, who works incredibly hard and goes far beyond for the community.”
Buckinghamshire Police Community Support Officer 2021: Arlene Ormston
Arlene joined the force in 2007 and is currently based in Milton Keynes.
Arlene has set up Neighbourhood Watch schemes and always attends community forums and parish council meetings. She is seen as the ‘go to’ person for help and everyone in her communities knows Arlene by name and how to contact her.
She is described by her nominators as ‘truly outstanding’ and a ‘true super star’.
Berkshire Police Community Support Officer 2021: Will Jones
Will joined Thames Valley Police in 2019 and is based in Slough.
He frequently works alone in the area of Chalvey which is a demanding area and is always out on patrol come rain or shine, demonstrating that he is committed to serving the community.
Will is described as ‘a great asset to the team’.
Special Constable 2021: SC Stephen Scanlon
Stephen joined Thames Valley Police in 2017 and is based in Reading.
He has successfully organised a number of events requiring Special Constabulary support in the last year, including COVID hotspot patrols, support for the re-opening of Forbury Gardens following the terror attack and various operations focussing on drugs, knife crime, roads policing and reducing sexual violence in the town centre.
Stephen is described as ‘a dedicated Special Constable and as asset to Reading LPA and in turn the wider Special Constabulary’.
Emem has been part of the Special Constabulary for eight years and is a real advocate for the role.
He fully understands and appreciates the need to encourage more diversity into the force and has been open to doing media interviews to help promote TVP, he has written his own blog to highlight his journey into policing, including a blog for Black History Month which gave an honest account of what it means to be a black Special Constable in a predominantly white police force.
In addition to this, he regularly posts informative short videos to educate his social media followers about what a Special does and has worked closely with the Force Equality & Diversity lead to produce a training video about unconscious bias.
He is described as ‘the difference we want to see in this force and embodies everything a force would want in a Special’.
Roger is currently volunteering in the Community Safety Team (CST) covering Windsor and Maidenhead local police area.
Roger is a key member of the team and leads from the front, taking part in almost all events and initiatives. He volunteers as much time as possible to promote the CST to officers, advertising their services and what they can do to help lessen officer’s workloads.
He is described as “a great ambassador for TVP.”
Problem Solving Award 2021: PC Kev Horsley and Mirka Naplavova, DASH
Kev and Mirka have implemented an initiative that aims to improve the local police area’s approach to domestic abuse and secure improved victim confidence.
Both have demonstrated exceptional commitment and perseverance throughout the implementation and continuation and this bears testament to the success of the initiative.
Staff Lifetime Achievement 2021: Andrea Jones
Andrea has worked for Thames Valley Police for over 34 years and the majority of her time has been spent in roles within Public Protection.
Andrea was involved in the implementation and running of the Sex Offenders Register, Violent and Sex Offender Register (ViSOR) and then Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).
Andrea has demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to her role and in turn to Thames Valley Police.
Officer Lifetime Achievement 2021: Julie Susel
Julie joined Thames Valley Police in 1994 and was based at Wokingham police station.
Julie is described as a special person, who protected the community from crime and the commitment to the community she served was second to none. In 2019, Julie received the Berkshire Community Officer of the year which is testament to her dedication to the local area.
One nominator said that Julie is “community policing – every beating heart of it!”