Wendy Shepherd, Programme Manager from Barnardo’s and Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger.
Cleveland Police officers, staff and members of the public have been honoured at a ceremony for their outstanding dedication and commitment to looking after our communities.
Wendy Shepherd, Programme Manager from Barnardo’s, a charity that supports and protects children, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for dedicating 24 years to tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) across Teesside.
The Community Safety Awards took place yesterday evening, Wednesday 9th November, at Stockton Riverside College. It was hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger.
The annual awards recognise achievements of those in the police, housing organisations, community safety partnerships, and the private and voluntary sectors.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger said: “The Cleveland Community Safety Awards give us the chance to come together and celebrate the success of those making a real difference for others.
“The awards recognise the contribution of people that are working tirelessly every day to keep our communities safe and these awards are our opportunity to recognise their outstanding achievements.
“Amongst those that have contributed to making a difference is Wendy Shepherd, who has improved the lives of thousands of young people and families. She has shown great commitment throughout her career and I congratulate her on her award.”
Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Iain Spittal, said: “It is really important to thank all of those dedicated and committed people for their hard work in our local communities and the Community Safety Awards is an excellent way to do this.
“When people dedicate their time and effort to assisting our communities, it doesn’t go unnoticed. I am extremely proud of those who have received awards for the positive work that they do.”
Speaking of her award, Wendy said: “I was both surprised and delighted to receive this award and it has been a pleasure and honour to work with young people and their families and the professional community in combatting sexual exploitation and violence. I know as I leave my role the work to protect children and support families will continue in the capable hands of the Police, social care, communities and Barnardo’s.”
A full list of winners is shown below:
Neighbourhood Police Officer of the Year – PC Geoff Coggin, Hartlepool
Neighbourhood Police Community Support Officer of the Year - PCSOs Mark Say, Yasmin Calvert and Graeme Handley, Hartlepool
Neighbourhood Special Constable of the Year – Special Inspector Rob Lynas
Neighbourhood Team of the Year - Hartlepool Integrated Neighbourhood Team
Neighbourhood Officer Best at Tackling Antisocial Behaviour – Superintendent David Sutherland, Middlesbrough
Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator of the Year - North Ormesby Residents Against Crime
Housing Provider Contribution to Tackling Antisocial Behaviour - Leah Wetheritt from Thirteen Housing Group
Community Safety Team Contribution to Tackling Antisocial Behaviour - Julie Pearce
Community Volunteer Champion - Tony Whitby
Young Community Volunteer - Jack Dodsworth, Harry Pickering and Joseph Whitehead
Community Minded Business - Streets Ahead
Outstanding Support to a Victim - Sgt James Brown, PC David Alcock, PCSO Claire Vodden and PCSO David Lynas, Redcar and Cleveland
Lifetime Achievement Award – Wendy Shepherd, Barnardo’s
Photos and citations of all the winners from this year's awards are listed here.
Posted on Thursday 10th November 2016