Cleveland Community Safety Awards are taking place at Redcar and Cleveland College on Wednesday 25th November, where 45 people have been nominated for various awards.
The event began when Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, came into office and it is held annually to celebrate those who have made an outstanding contribution to their local community.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “The Cleveland Community Safety Awards provide us with a great opportunity to recognise those that have made outstanding contributions in their communities and for us to come together to celebrate their achievements.
“Across our area every day there are excellent examples of people working tirelessly to help keep our communities safe and the awards are an opportunity for us to give thanks to those people.”
The awards recognise the efforts of those in the police, housing organisations, community safety partnerships, and the private and voluntary sectors. This year, the awards are again sponsored by Thirteen Group and Coast & Country Housing.
Nominations have been put forward from members of the community in fifteen categories, which include: Neighbourhood Police Officer of the Year, Community Safety Team Contribution to Tackling Antisocial Behaviour, Young Community Volunteer and Community Minded Business, amongst others.
The nominations range from a police officer giving outstanding support to a young victim of child sexual exploitation, to a volunteer who has turned her own personal tragedy into a crusade to promote fire safety across the area. There is also a Special Constable working to tackle rural crime and Cleveland Police cadets delivering IT training to elderly care home residents.
Dave Pickard, Director of Operations at Thirteen Group, said: “As a group of landlords, we understand the importance of recognising the efforts of the officers and residents that are so dedicated to supporting and improving the neighbourhoods we work in.
“We are proud to be supporting the awards, recognising those people that work tirelessly for the benefit of others and the neighbourhoods they live in.”
Sharon Dalton, Compliance Manager at Coast & Country, said: “We are very pleased to be sponsoring the Cleveland Community Safety Awards again this year. Coast & Country work in partnership with the police and other agencies to tackle antisocial behaviour and keep our residents safe.
“It is a pleasure to be part of an event where officers from various agencies such as the police, local authorities and housing providers are recognised for their commitment and dedication in the work they do”.
Cleveland Police Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer and Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal will be presenting the awards.
Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said: “As a force we strive to serve our communities and I’m extremely proud that we have members of our local communities, officers and staff who have been nominated for doing such a good job.
“I am delighted to be a part of the Cleveland Community Safety Awards. Everyone should be very proud of themselves and I am thoroughly looking forward to the event.”
Posted on Monday 23rd November 2015