Neighbourhood Police Officer of the Year – PC Joanne Runagall (Presented by: Michael Lavery, Director of Marketing & Student Recruitment, Teesside University)
Joanne has only recently come to neighbourhood policing, but from day one she has made a positive impact on the quality of life within her ward. Recently having taken on the role of rural crime officer she is passionate about improving police response to rural communities and has immediately contacted all farm premises to establish the issues they face then put in place new processes to ensure that police response is more effective.
Neighbourhood PCSO of the Year – PCSO Debbie McClelland (Presented by:Chris Smith, Managing Director, Erimus Housing)
Debbie’s popularity within the community she serves was obvious from the 247 public nominations received in these awards. She genuinely cares for the people who live and work in her ward and is well known to all. Such is her commitment to engage with her residents she can say ‘hello’ in several languages and regularly attends community events in her own time.
Neighbourhood Team of the Year – Redcar Team
(Presented by: Dave Pickard, Group Director, Vela Housing)
The Redcar team’s creative and innovative approach has seen record reductions in crime and antisocial behaviour. The team have formed a successful partnership with a local charity which has seen the loan of electric bikes to officers allowing them to be more visible within the ward, and a series of joint roadshows in schools across the Borough aimed at reducing cycle theft They have also embraced new technology with the launch of a successful Facebook page and are heavily involved in numerous initiatives across the town including a Food bank, the cadets programme, and retail crime presentations in schools.
Neighbourhood Special Constable of the Year – Special Superintendent George Kane (Presented by: Chris Enzor, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor)
George has been serving with the special constabulary for over 30 years during which time his enthusiasm for the role has grown and grown. He has the skills and confidence to tackle a broad range of incidents which is evidenced by the high number of incidents which he has attended in the last year as Officer In Charge.
Neighbourhood Officer Best at Tackling Antisocial Behaviour – PCSO Alaina Tait (Presented by: Judge Les Spittle)
Alaina is always looking at new methods to engage with young people in her ward. She has worked very closely with local young people to secure funding for a skate park, and has also commenced a project to start a community garden. She has run a number of ‘Build a Bike’ schemes allowing young people to learn bicycle maintenance and work on a bike which they can then keep themselves and also chairs a new group set up to increase interactive working between the police and youth service
Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator of the Year – Mr Michael Barnes (Presented by: Jacqui Cheer, Chief Constable, Cleveland Police)
Michael has worked closely with the Police Problem Solving Coordinator to encourage more people within his local community to become involved in neighbourhood watch. He acts as the key contact for schemes across his area and is always keen to raise issues, spread crime prevention awareness and tackle community issues in partnership.
Housing Provider Contribution to Tackling Antisocial Behaviour – Antony Sharp, Coast & Country Housing(Presented by: Cllr Norma Stephenson OBE, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council)
Antony works very closely with the local police team to tackle antisocial behaviour issues. He has been instrumental in tackling persistent youth antisocial behaviour issues and has arranged additional support for the young people involved and their families. He has also been a key member of the group tackling the emerging issue of problem horses across the Borough. Because of his close contact with the community he is able to quickly identify emerging issues and works proactively with local agencies to deal with these.
Community Safety Team Contribution to Tackling Antisocial Behaviour – Operation Cubit
(Presented by: Ian Swales MP, Redcar)
Operation Cubit was a partnership operation between the police, Local Authority and animal welfare agencies targeting the issue of stray horses in the Seaton ward. This included awareness raising through the media, additional training for officers and a co-ordinated approach to prosecuting identified offenders. Liaison with local landowners and responsible horse owners was also a key part of the operation, which has seen a significant reduction in calls for service
Community Volunteer Champion – Mr Fred Wood (posthumous award) (Presented by: Jim Wingham, Redcar and Cleveland Independent Advisory Group)
Fred was totally committed to improving the quality of life of his local community. He was an influential figure, chairing the local residents association and acting as a spokesperson for community members. He improved the situations of community members by securing front garden fences and improved aerials for local houses, and campaigned tirelessly to obtain a local Post office for the area, a project which is on its way to fruition. He had an excellent relationship with the local police team and regularly reported incidents on behalf of his neighbours. Sadly Fred passed away recently, he will be sadly missed by all those who he helped in his community. We pass on our condolences to his family.
Community Minded Business - Teesside University(Presented by: John Bentley, Chief Executive, Safe in Tees Valley)
Teesside University has taken a proactive stance to protect its staff, students and premises. Security is staffed 24 hours a day with an extensive network of CCTV cameras and security staff work closely in partnership with the police. Regular student’s events are held where the police offer security advice and a Campus Watch scheme has recently been launched to promote awareness of crime prevention amongst students. A problem solving approach is taken to issues, with secure access controlled cycle storage facilities installed to combat cycle theft, and security staff providing students with the option of accompanied walks home if they are alone.
Outstanding Support to a Victim – Jenny Thomas
(Presented by: Verna Fee, Strategic Planning Group Development Manager, Victim Support)
Jenny devotes her time to helping and supporting those in need through volunteering for Victim Support. She is extremely committed and will respond at little notice. Her ability to identify and evaluate situations comes from her vast experience and knowledge which she has gained and enhanced over the years. She has a calming influence on those she comes into contact with which helps in identifying and discussing issues which can be very complex. She works in partnership with the police and other agencies to achieve the best outcomes for the victims she supports, her purpose being to provide, support and empower people to find the strength to move on with their lives.
Teesside University Community Volunteer – GALLANT Project (Presented by:Jayne Villiers, Volunteer Coordinator)
The Gaining Access to Local Opportunities and Learning to Achieve a New Tomorrow, or GALLANT project involves a team of volunteers who work in the Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust Community Supervision Service helping offenders to build and sustain opportunities to reduce their risk of re-offending. The project aims to bring local agencies into the same space for which offenders will report for their supervision. In the last 14 months the Middlesbrough volunteers, who have all been recruited from Teesside University, have contributed nearly 2500 hours to supporting offenders.
Outstanding Contribution to Policing – Detective Inspector Dave Mead (Presented by: Barry Coppinger, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland)
Dave who joined the Organised Crime Unit in October 2010 and during this time has been a truly inspirational leader. The results that he has achieved are evidence of this leadership and can be quantified by the number of years that drugs dealers are now serving in prison together with the organised crime groups that have been disrupted and dismantled. His leadership skills run far deeper than facts and figures; during his time in the Organised Crime Unit he has accomplished something significant, he has inspired others to give their best to keep our communities safe.