December 12 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Now in their sixth year the Norfolk Safer Community Awards (NOSCAs) have become an annual means of shining a light on the professsionalism, dedication and bravery of police officers, staff and volunteers who keep the county one of the safest in the country.
From police officers and detectives who spend their working lives in pursuit of serious criminals to teams of specialist officers who investigate serious crashes and people in the community who give up their own time to work as a special constable or in another positive way, they were all among the inspirational nominees.
Everyone shortlisted for an award joined sponsors, invited members of the community and senior police officers and staff at the Holiday Inn, Norwich Airport, for an awards ceremony hosted by Norfolk’s temporary chief constable Simon Bailey.
Mr Bailey said: “The NOSCAs provides us with the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the exceptional work and contributions of many of our officers, staff and residents. The event highlights examples of dedication and praise for our officers, staff and community partners for their efforts. It must be remembered that while our employees are expected to make this important work a priority, local members of the community give their time voluntarily to help keep Norfolk a wonderful and safe place to live, work and visit.”
Readers of the EDP, which helped sponsor the awards, voted for their officer of the year in the police officer, police community support officer and special categories.
Nigel Pickover, editor-in-chief of the EDP and Norwich Evening News, thanked readers for voting.
He said: “The awards were a great opportunity to reward the hard work and dedication of police officers, staff and everyday people who together work to make the county the great place that it is and maintain its position as one of the safest places in the country.”
PC Andy Tomlinson, from the Norwich West Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), triumphed in the police officer of the year category with PC Paul Fox as runner-up.
PC Tomlinson, the beat manager for Bowthorpe, has established good relationships within the community and has become a well-known local figure. He has also established and strengthened local links with partner agencies aiming to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
PCSO Graham Aldridge, from the Norwich East Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), won the PCSO of the year award, just ahead of PCSO Rebecca Taylor.
PCSO Aldridge works from Bethel Street police station and has been a PCSO for five years. He is regarded by all as an extremely hardworking, diligent and dedicated officer who has made a huge contribution to quality of life in the community. He has forged strong links with diverse local communities and faith groups.
The winner of the special officer of the year award was Special Sergeant Tom Dawson, who works out of Earlham. He has been an integral part of the Special Constabulary since joining the force in November 2009. Since promotion to the rank of Special Sergeant he has jointly developed the policing of the city’s nighttime economy using Special Constables to support the policing on Thursday evenings.
Special Constable William Service was runner-up.
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