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2015 Community Safety Awards - Nominations Invited for Community Heroes

Caitlin Boys and Abbie Rodgers - Young Community Volunteer Champions

Caitlin Boys and Abbie Rodgers won the Young Community Volunteer Champion Award in 2014

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, is calling on the people of Cleveland to nominate individuals who make a difference within their local community for a Cleveland Community Safety Award.

The awards are an opportunity to recognise the outstanding contributions to community safety that are made day in, day out by those working within the public, private and voluntary sector.

Nominations are now open and the categories include:

  • Neighbourhood Police Officer of the Year
  • Neighbourhood Police Community Support Officer of the Year
  • Neighbourhood Special Constable of the Year
  • Neighbourhood Volunteer of the Year
  • Neighbourhood Team of the Year
  • Neighbourhood Officer Best at tackling Antisocial Behaviour
  • Neighbourhood Detective of the Year
  • Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator of the Year
  • Housing Provider Contribution to Tackling Antisocial Behaviour
  • Community Safety Team Contribution to Tackling Antisocial Behaviour
  • Community Volunteer Champion
  • Young Community Volunteer
  • Community Minded Business
  • Outstanding Support to a Victim

Mr Coppinger said: "These awards are an opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes within our midst, whether that is the local police officer attending community events on their days off, or the volunteer who works tirelessly to bring the community together through community safety activities.

"Young and old make a contribution to our local areas, and I’m particularly proud to support the Young Community Volunteer category which highlights the activity that young people do to contribute to their local area.

"One of the best parts of working in this role is having the opportunity to thank those people who make a difference. In today’s climate of reduced funding and increasing pressures on communities, being able to come together to celebrate success is a real pleasure and I am already looking forward to the ceremony in November."

Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Jacqui Cheer said: "It is really important to say thank you to those people who dedicate their time and effort to assisting in keeping our communities safe from harm.

"It is always heart-warming to hear of the good work that is going on in our local communities and I look forward to seeing the nominations come in."

The awards are being sponsored by Thirteen Housing Group and Coast & Country.

Alison Thain, Chief Executive of the Thirteen Group, said: "We are very proud to sponsor these awards, which recognise the efforts of officers and residents, as well as the community spirit and commitment to improving local neighbourhoods that exists in abundance across the area."

Louise Harding, Head of Tenant Services for Coast and Country added: "Once again, Coast & Country are pleased to be sponsoring the Cleveland Community Safety Awards. Housing providers have a key role to play in tackling antisocial behaviour and we are happy to join the Police and Crime Commissioner in celebrating the continued partnership work that takes place in our neighbourhoods to keep our communities safe."

The Awards are being hosted by Redcar and Cleveland College on Wednesday 25th November.

Acting Principal of Redcar and Cleveland College, John Chance, said: "We are very much looking forward to hosting the Community Safety Awards and the recognition of outstanding individuals. It is a great opportunity for local heroes to be acknowledged."


Posted on Tuesday 30th June 2015
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