NOSCAs 2014: Winners

2014 winners

The seventh annual Norfolk Safer Community Awards (NOSCAs) celebrating outstanding contributions made by police officers, PCSOs, police staff and members of the community was held on Thursday 23 October 2014.

2014 winners:

Student Officer of the Year

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Winner: PC 694 Geraint Owen
Runner Up: PC 280 Michael Lay-Flurrie

PC 694 Geraint Owen
Geraint’s nominator said he displays skills well beyond his years of service. He became a single point of contact for dealing with issues within a residential care home; ensuring outcomes were in the interests of both victims and the public. He is extremely committed in every area he works and consistently makes a positive difference to people’s lives with his can-do attitude.

Investigator of the Year

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Winner: DC 105 Paul Flatt
Runner Up: A/DI 3075 Neil Stewart
DC 105 Paul Flatt

Paul is primarily an intelligence officer on the Joint Major Investigation Team. Over the past few years he has become a mobile phone data specialist, enabling him to analyse data in-house as well as present it to court. He has produced outstanding results for investigative departments across the force through his work. He has also provided training to other officers to help them interpret data and co-produced a video to give juries a better understanding of how the evidence is compiled.

The John (Cecil) Mason Volunteer of the Year Award

Sponsored by The Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk

Winner: Marion and Brian Hardisty
Runner Up: Jason Gould

Marion and Brian Hardisty

Marion and Brian are founders of the Hopton Youth Club, which has been running for the past four years. It relies solely on volunteers and offers more than 60 young people aged between 11 and 18 a place to go every Friday night. The club has been so successful that it achieved its maximum membership. Activities extend beyond the club with regular trips out. Marion and Brian’s commitment and enthusiasm makes them a very valuable asset to the community of Hopton.

The Reach Out Award

Sponsored by the East of England Co-operative

Winner: Julie Inns
Runner Up: PC 1421 Natalie Garrard

Julie Inns

Julie has worked as an Equality and Diversity advisor for a number of years. She was instrumental in an innovative piece of work working with LGBT sex offenders at HMP Bure and she supports six members of the community in her role as a diversity adviser. Julie also coordinates Norfolk Constabulary’s involvement in the annual Norwich Pride event.

The Excellence Award

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Winner: PC 878 Richard Cook
Runner Up: Norfolk Policing Review Team

PC 878 Richard Cook

Dick joined Norfolk Constabulary 27 years ago and has been well respected ever since. He’s Beat Manager for Rural Flegg Villages SNT, which has involved him resolving one particular long-running neighbour dispute, which was having an impact. He has also made himself a single point of contact at a care home for youngsters. One colleague said: “Dick doesn’t just work in that area, he’s part of the community.”

Young Citizen(s) of the Year

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Joint Winner: Abbie Kampta
Joint Winner: Megan Fuller

Abbie Kampta

Abbie works as a volunteer helping to look after young people and those at risk of offending. She has been determined to overcome her own poor experience of foster care for a number of years by helping others from a similar background. Abbie volunteers for several organisations, including sitting on the In Care Council, the NFST Youth Council and as a youth mentor for Lola Stafford Counselling as well as Norwich MIND. Her nominator says Abbie’s life could easily have taken a different path yet she has shown resilience throughout.

Megan Fuller

Megan is nominated for challenging herself to change. She has moved past testing times at school to become a prefect at Open Academy after taking control of her own situation. Her commitment has been recognised and has gained her respect from the local community. Megan’s proactive and positive attitude was demonstrated by having her head shaved for charity, which raised £275 for Cancer Research. She’s now a role model for others at the Academy.

Problem Solver of the Year

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Winner: Sgt 3135 Andy Birchnall
Runner Up: Operational Partnership Team (King’s Lynn)
Sgt 3135 Andy Birchnall

Andy is nominated for his work in identifying and helping to resolve an issue, which was taking up significant police resources at a hospital. The impact of high-risk juvenile mental health patients resulted in a high level of calls to the police. Andy worked closely with the hospital and its patients to combat disorder and eventually a multi-agency response helped reduce the number of calls and pressure on the force enormously.

Community Citizen(s) of the Year

Sponsored by The Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk

Winner: Tim Stapleford
Runner Up: Marie Connell

Tim Stapleford

Tim has worked tirelessly to try and fill the gap with the closure of a local youth club, which was run by police in Norwich. He now provides football coaching and games for young people in the Vauxhall Street area. Tim has recently sought funding to reopen a disused shop to turn it into a young person’s ‘hang-out’ in the evenings to keep them from committing crime. Tim’s schemes, including a local community Games Day, has helped dramatically reduce anti-social behaviour and given young people a safe environment to spend their evenings in.

The Chief Constable’s Special Recognition Award

Sponsored by Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
Recipient: Sarah Johnson

Sarah is recognised for her work as a key player in environmental management for both Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies. She has completed more than 80 carbon reduction projects since taking on her current role in 2012. This has resulted in both forces saving 422 tons of Co2 per annum through installation of a variety of new systems, which have increased efficiency. Sarah has also implemented innovative green travel and waste recycling initiatives.

The Bravery Awards

Sponsored by Capita Consulting

Recipient: PC Gareth Kingston

Police Constable Gareth Kingston is commended for his actions in detaining a male who stabbed him with a lock knife in an unprovoked attack. At the time of the incident PC Kingston was a Student Officer with only six months service and in the face of such aggression he showed great restraint and calmness, stood his ground and established control of the offender, during which Gareth received a serious stab wound to his hand whilst he disarmed and detained the man. The male was found guilty and the case was serious enough for the Judge to sentence him to 7½ years imprisonment.

Recipients: PC Paula Gilluley
PC Nathan Woodgate
PC George Healey,
PC Jeremy Blamire
PC Chris Curtis

These five officers are all commended for their bravery and decisive action after the report of a fire at a property in Swaffham. They arrived at the property before the fire service and collectively gained access to a smoke-logged house rescuing an elderly lady who was unconscious in her chair. They administered first aid to her in the garden and their quick thinking and calm and prompt action almost certainly saved the lady’s life.

Community Officer of the Year – Police Officer

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Winner: PC 1266 Steven Coe
Runner Up: PC 1713 Dan Edwards
PC 1266 Steven Coe

Steven Coe is Beat Manager for Taverham and Drayton Safer Neighbourhood Team and displays the highest dedication and loyalty toward his community, always doing his best to meet their concerns.
He uses his superb knowledge and experience to great effect, putting the community first and finding time to speak with local people to address their individual concerns, regardless of who they are or how busy he is. Steven is a valuable asset to his community. He is described by his nominator as the epitome of a Beat Manager and one of the finest police officers in the country.

Community Officer of the Year – PCSO

Sponsored by Eastern Daily Press

Winner: PCSO 8401 Tonya Winsley
Runner Up: PCSO 8438 Alan Bardwell

PCSO 8401 Tonya Winsley

Tonya is a highly regarded police community support officer who has been part of Watton Safer Neighbourhood Team for a number of years. Tonya is the well-established Safer Schools Partnership officer for Wayland Academy. She regularly conducts restorative justice conferences to resolve problems between pupils. Earlier this year, Tonya also raised concerns about another group in the community using and selling drugs in the area at the local priority setting meeting. As a result this became a policing priority. She took part in drugs operation initiatives, which had a significant impact.

Community Officer of the Year – Special

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Winner: S/I 7903 James Spinks
Runner Up: S/Sgt 7020 Paul Debnam

Special Inspector 7903 James Spinks

James has been with the Constabulary for over 12 years and has progressed through the ranks to Inspector. He is based within South Norfolk and is a proactive member of the Senior Management Team. He has personally organised the policing of the Norfolk Game and Country Fair for the past six years, which has passed without incident and received high praise from outside the organisation. In addition, he has organised resources to assist many policing operations such as the Sundown Music Festival and been keen to digest and discuss current operational requirements.

Outstanding Team of the Year

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Winner: The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub
Runner Up: Corporate Communications

The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub

The hub has continued to provide an excellent safeguarding service to Norfolk despite a huge increase in referrals relating to some of the most difficult areas of police work. Child and adult abuse referrals were up by around a third and there was an increase in domestic abuse safeguarding referrals as well as the introduction of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, known as Clare’s Law. The team has met these and other challenges with great resilience.

Police Dog of the Year

Sponsored by Royal Canin

Winner: Reiker and PC Emma Grosvenor

Police Dog Reiker and his handler PC Emma Grosvenor

Reiker and PC Grosvenor attended a house to search for a wanted person. Reiker ‘indicated’ by barking at a kitchen cupboard. On checking the cupboard, officers could not see anyone. Reiker kept continuing to bark at the cupboard and began knocking shelves down in a determined effort to locate someone. When officers looked closer they found a false back to the cupboard and the wanted man hidden in a hole behind this. As the man climbed out he even said “clever dog”!

Safer Neighbourhood Team of the Year

Sponsored by Norfolk Police Federation

Winner: Costessey SNT
Runner Up: Norwich East SNT

Costessey SNT

Costessey SNT is recognised for its work regarding the issue of unauthorised traveller encampments. Engagement with the community resulted in the formation of a Community Working Party, which organised workshops, community days and tangible action to help bring the community together. This has resulted in a reduction in the amount of anti-social behaviour and community tension in the area. The work done in Costessey is now being rolled out to other areas with similar issues in the hope of increasing understanding and knowledge.

In addition two special presentations were made:
• Community Officer of the Year PC Steven Coe was presented with the Jim Wilson Plate which is presented annually to the Community Police Officer of the Year by ex-Chairman of the Police Authority Jim Wilson.
• Student Officer of the Year PC Geraint Owen received the Armada Plate, which is awarded annually to the student police officer who has shown the most significant.
Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who made a nomination, as well as all the sponsors whose financial support allowed the event to be held.