Thursday, 12th December, 2013
Any home is a potential target for burglars; some are more appealing than others and some offer themselves up with a bow that begs to be opened.
Exceptional work delivered by Dorset Police staff, officers, volunteers and members of the public was honoured at the Force’s Annual Policing and Police Staff Awards ceremony yesterday, Wednesday 10 February 2010.
An officer who made over 125 arrests in a year, a special constable who racked up the equivalent of six months full time work for the Force and an officer who enhanced the service the Force provides to victims of domestic violence were just some of the award winners at the ceremony.
Police officers, police staff, special constables, volunteers and police community support officers all received awards at the special ceremony - held at the RNLI College in Poole - for their outstanding work over the past year.
PC Tom Steadman, based in Weymouth, won the award for Patrol Officer of the Year - also known as the Hambleton Bobby Award.
In the past year PC Steadman made 127 arrests and he has built up an extensive network of contacts with the local community.
In June last year PC Steadman took it upon himself to personally check CCTV footage following the theft of a collection box for Falklands War veteran Simon Weston's charity for wounded service personnel.
The theft of this box caused widespread anger among the local community. After checking the CCTV footage, PC Steadman walked the route that the footage showed the offenders took and subsequently found further CCTV cameras that helped to identify the offenders - who were arrested and convicted for the crime.
PC Steadman said: "When I first heard that I was to receive the award I was delighted that my work had not gone unrecognised.
"Upon hearing the citation at the award ceremony last night alongside all the others I felt humbled. After all, I was simply doing what I am paid to do.
"Quite simply, I joined this job to prevent and detect crime, which is still my principal aim."
Special Constable Simon Miller, Section Officer for East Dorset, won the Special Constable of the Year award after completing 1,050 hours of duty in 2009 - this is the equivalent of six months full time work.
Special Constable Miller, who is based at Ferndown police station, also increased the number of special constables within his section from 13 to 23 last year - and under his leadership, the special constables in East Dorset collectively completed 8,819 hours of duty last year which is the equivalent of an additional four full time constables.
As well as supporting initiatives to reduce anti-social behaviour, Special Constable Miller personally designed and managed the 2009 East Dorset drink drive campaign and is currently managing a Special Constabulary led project aimed at reducing burglaries.
Special Constable Miller said: "It is a great honour to receive this award, particularly as I have so many colleagues in the Special Constabulary who deserve it too.
"I'd like to thank all my colleagues within the Special Constabulary for their support, and I'd also like to thank East Dorset Inspector Mike Darkin.
"Having been a special constable for over seven years, it has helped me develop personally and professionally. I'd encourage anyone interested in joining the Special Constabulary to go for it."
The Neighbourhood Watch Team of the Year award went to Christchurch Borough Home Watch which has displayed excellent partnership working as well as engaging effectively with local residents.
Established in 2008, the Christchurch Borough Home Watch last year organised and participated with partners in a week of events for the Home Office led initiative 'Not in my neighbourhood week'.
It also formed a junior PACT (Partners and Communities Together) panel at a local school and sold alarms to its members to help keep their homes safe - as well as communicating with residents through a regular newsletter and a blog on their website.
Borough Councillor Ray Nottage, Portfolio Holder for Safe and Healthy Communities and Chair of the East Dorset Crime and Reduction Partnership, wrote in support of the Watch: "Under the Chairmanship of Bernie Davis the Home Watch truly acts as the eyes and ears of the community and has worked in partnership with all Borough PACT panels and other agencies to make Christchurch an even safer place to live and visit.
"In the two years since conception Christchurch Borough Home Watch has rekindled community spirit and community awareness of the opportunity to contribute to the principle of Safer Neighbourhood Teams and as a result Christchurch has seen a 15% reduction in the perception of 'fear of crime'.
"Bernie, and senior Home Watch Coordinator Barry Sherwin and the rest of the team deserve recognition for their hard work and contribution to community safety."
Teresa Plummer won the Dorset Police Volunteer of the Year award for her tireless work as the Volunteer Co-ordinator for Bournemouth and Poole Division - where she has supported her volunteer colleagues vigorously and has helped create a volunteers induction process for the Force.
Teresa's volunteer work for the Force also includes contacting victims of crime and she has also worked with a local school in providing support for a community initiative that highlights how valuable young people are.
Hamworthy Safer Neighbourhood Team won the Safer Neighbourhood Team Award for their outstanding work in building stronger links with the local community.
PC Ian Schofield and PCSO James Davies, of the Hamworthy Safer Neighbourhood Team, also won the Community Engagement Award for setting up a project for youngsters to build a land yacht with tools and materials being donated by local people and businesses.
PC Schofield said: "From the start of this project these youngsters have been an absolute joy to work with.
"They have taken pieces of scrap, given up their spare time and worked as a team to build this yacht and it actually works - I'm delighted. They should all be proud of what they have achieved."
Dorset Police Chief Constable Martin Baker said: "I was honoured to present awards to so many members of our staff who have delivered exceptional work over the past year.
"The quality of the work that was celebrated at the ceremony was fantastic. I was delighted to take the opportunity to thank them all for their efforts and their continued hard work and dedication.
"Our staff do a great job everyday to make Dorset safer and to make Dorset feel safer, and it is so important that those people that go above and beyond receive the recognition that they deserve."
Other awards included:
Diversity in the Community Award
Detective Sergeant Simon Cramp and Detective Constable Stephen Griffin
For delivering an enhanced service to victims of hate crime.
Police Staff of the Year Award
For exceptional performance as a mobile phone and computer examiner in the High Tech Crime Unit.
Police Constable Paul Hollick
For his drive and determination in working with commercial premises to ensure they installed effective alarm systems.
Lifetime Achievement Award
For her commitment and achievements as a police officer and police staff member with Dorset Police since joining the Force in 1978.
Police Authority Award for Efficiency and Effectiveness
Detective Sergeant Simon Cramp
For leading Operation Maple in Bournemouth and Poole, which investigates domestic violence incidents as well as caring for victims. While delivering an excellent service, Det Sgt Cramp's methods are estimated to save the Force £25,000 per year.
Community Police Officer of the Year Award
Police Constable Dave Williams
For the wide range of exceptional community engagement and enforcement activities PC Williams has delivered in Christchurch.
The Sporting Excellence Award
Police Constable Rachel Vallins
For representing Great Britain in the police swimming team, where she has won an individual gold medal, a team gold medal and two individual silver medals.
Diversity in Action Award
Sergeant Anna Harvey and PCSO Tim Dent (now Police Constable Dent)
For engaging members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Bournemouth - as well as holding events for colleagues and partners to raise their awareness of LGBT issues.
Probationer of the year Award
Police Constable Nicola Chalstrey
For her enthusiasm, dedication and ability to build excellent relationships in her first year as a police constable - as well as assisting in the arrest of a violent man after he assaulted her, causing an injury to her eye.
Custody Officer of the Year Award
Detention Officer Gary Copperthwaite
For providing an exceptional service in custody centres. Gary also used his excellent communication skills to pacify often upset and difficult individuals in custody.
Police Community Support Officer of the Year Award
PCSO Pete Brember
For his outstanding work with Gillingham Safer Neighbourhood Team, where he has been instrumental in numerous initiatives to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
Poole West Safer Neighbourhood Team
For work taken to protect areas of heathland that have been targeted for arson, motorcycle abuse and informal grazing of animals.
PCSO Sarah Rose and PCSO Chantelle Gosney
For creating the 'Helping Hands' tool which is used to engage school children into the PACT (Partners and Communities Together) process.