The ninth annual Norfolk Safer Community Awards (NOSCAs) celebrating outstanding contributions made by police officers, PCSOs, police staff and members of the community was held last night (Thursday 6 October) at Holiday Inn, Norwich North.
Chief Constable Simon Bailey hosted this very special event to which all shortlisted entries were invited. They were joined by the event sponsors, invited guests from the community, senior officers and staff.
Speaking about the evening Mr Bailey said: “The NOSCAs provide us with the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the exceptional work and contributions of many of our officers, staff and residents. The event highlights examples of dedication and praise for our officers, staff and community partners for their efforts. It must be remembered that while our employees are expected to make this important work a priority, local members of the community give their time voluntarily to help keep Norfolk a wonderful and safe place to live, work and visit.
“I also extend my sincere thanks to our partners and sponsors who continue to generously support the NOSCAs, helping us to make this event possible.
“Finally, I wish to congratulate everyone who was nominated for an award this year. With an increased number of nominations over last year and an extremely high standard of entries, competition was intense. I am proud to be in a role which allows me to lead a Constabulary so firmly focused on the needs of our community.”
The winners are as follows:
Student Officer of the Year | Sponsored by City College Norwich
Winner: PC Ben Rix
Runner Up: PC Harry Button
Police Constable Ben Rix
PC Ben Rix’s positive attitude and strong commitment to delivering high quality service to the public has impressed those around him. The quality of his investigations and statements, as well as the time he takes with victims of crime has already demonstrated that he has a bright future. Ben has shown a keenness to expand his skills and his nominator believes his infectious yet professional manner will hold him in good stead for a lengthy and prosperous career.
The John (Cecil) Mason Volunteer of the Year | Sponsored by Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk
Winner: Ann Bartlett
Runner Up: Sally Mack
Ann was responsible for delivering a thought-provoking anti-violence presentation to all 48 high schools in Norfolk entitled ‘One Punch Can Kill’. Ann’s son tragically died after just one punch during an attack in a Portsmouth pub. Entirely voluntarily, Ann spent one week a month, for seven months, delivering her message to Year 9 students in Norfolk. The Chief Constable has now pledged to support the initiative in the coming year so Ann can return and continue to spread the word.
Special Constabulary Officer of the Year | Sponsored by East of England Co-operative Society
Winner: Special Sergeant Owen Chambers
Runner Up: Special Constable Danielle Holford
Special Sergeant Owen Chambers
Special Sergeant Owen Chambers has been nominated for coordinating the work of the Special Constabulary officers based at Aylsham and Taverham. He has ensured continuity and the embedding of Specials within the policing teams in the area. His nominator also highlights the development of a strong link between his officers and the Beat Managers to help place them at the forefront of community engagement. This has fostered a good working relationship between officers and their colleagues in the Special Constabulary.
Police Cadet of the Year | Sponsored by Embrace Child Victims of Crime
Winner: Police Cadet Sharla Davies
Runner Up: Police Cadet Amy Webber
Runner Up: Police Cadet Brayden Weibel-Seckley
Police Cadet Sharla Davies
Sharla is one of two lead Cadets in the unit at Great Yarmouth and has risen to this position by demonstrating leadership skills and commitment. She assists staff in planning summer events, is willing to lead in a number of roles and takes time to explain to new and prospective cadets what is involved and what is expected of them. Sharla’s commitment to community engagement and dedication will stand her in good stead when she is able to apply to join the force.
Police Staff Member of the Year | Sponsored by Reed Specialist Recruitment
Winner: Julie Inns
Runner Up: James Spaans
Julie is the Equality and Diversity Advisor for the Constabulary offering advice to operational officers and supporting diverse networks within and outside the force. Her work involves considerable commitment outside normal working hours. More recently, Julie has had to manage her department on her own, taking on additional responsibilities in addition to her existing role. She is well respected by colleagues and has been consulted by external national organisations such as Stonewall about equality issues.
Young Citizen(s) of the Year | Sponsored by Shell UK Exploration & Production Ltd
Winner: Susan Hart
Runner Up: Sprowston Youth Engagement Project
Susan, who has just completed her final year at Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston, is described as not only a leader at the Academy but a leader within the community. She has been involved with St John Ambulance since she was five years old and joined their cadets aged 10. She is currently their Cadet of the Year and has already completed 250 volunteer duty hours. Susan has also launched an appeal to raise funds for a vehicle for the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service.
Investigator of the Year | Sponsored by Holiday Inn Norwich-North
Winner: Detective Constable Tristan Coull
Runner Up: Detective Constable Holly Beevis
Detective Constable Tristan Coull
Detective Constable Tristan Coull’s dogged determination, attention to detail and interviewing skills over a three-year period, led to the conviction of two men following a complex investigation into serious historical sexual offences at a Norfolk school in the 1970s and 80s. One of the men was later found guilty of further sexual offences after another victim came forward. With thorough investigatory work, Tristan was able to contradict claims that the man was unfit for trial and went on to secure another successful outcome. All the while he also continued with an additional workload of other, sometimes complex, child abuse cases.
Problem Solver of the Year | Sponsored by Kevin Piper Media
Winner: Diss SNT – Op Roundhouse team
Runner Up: PC Ashley Grant
Diss Safer Neighbourhood Team – Operation Roundhouse Team
Operation Roundhouse was formed to tackle an issue which developed between two well-known families in the Diss area, as a series of criminal incidents were having an impact on the wider community. A full picture was gathered and a number of agencies were also drafted in to offer additional support and assistance. Each agency was able to share information and take action appropriately resulting in an innovative partnership approach.
Outstanding Leadership Award | Sponsored by Reading Room
Winner: Superintendent Dennis Lacey
Runner Up: Detective Chief Inspector Andy Coller
Superintendent Dennis Lacey
Superintendent Dennis Lacey has carried out a variety of roles in his police career, from detective sergeant to his current post as District Superintendent. One common thread has run throughout each of them, the amount of respect he has among his fellow officers. His overwhelming leadership qualities motivate and empower his workforce, and one of his nominators says his enthusiasm is as strong now as it was when he first joined the force.
Community Citizen(s) of the Year | Sponsored by Eastern Daily Press
Winner: Simon Elliott
Runner Up: Sophie Bates & colleagues, Freebridge Community Housing
Simon is the mastermind behind the Great Yarmouth Bike Project, a social enterprise to get the local community involved in cycling or associated activities. A grant from the Chief Constable’s Problem Solving Fund led to 200 bikes being given to people from hard-to-reach groups as a diversionary activity to try and reduce anti-social behaviour. A further scheme this year called “Earn A Bike,” is aimed at engaging with young people while signposting them to other activities. Simon is confident that this scheme will achieve over 10,000 engagements.
The Chief Constable’s Special Recognition Award | Sponsored by Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
Recipient individual: PC Andrew Nattrass
The Hannah Witheridge Special Recognition Award
Recipient individual: PC David Reed
The Bravery Award
Sponsored by Capita Consulting
Recipient individual: PC Joseph Jermy
Recipient team: PC Martin Clarke, PC Richard Doughty, PC Norman Lambert (retired), PC Robert McNaughter (former PC), PC Oliver Farrow
Community Officer of the Year – Police Officer | Sponsored by Eastern Daily Press
Winner: PC Joseph Jermy
Runner Up: PC Andy Dye
Police Constable Joseph Jermy
PC Joe Jermy originally joined as a police community support officer before becoming a police constable in Dereham where he has embedded himself into the community. After forming strong links and showing great enthusiasm, he joined the Neighbourhood Policing Team in 2014 and has been involved in many operations in Dereham including one which had a significant impact on drug supply in the town. Joe is also a single point of contact for children’s homes in Dereham, ensuring that all teams have direct access to care plans. Recently, he saved the life of a child from a care home who was threatening self-harm.
Police Dog of the Year | Sponsored by Royal Canin
Chosen by Norfolk Constabulary’s Facebook community
Winner: PC James Wells & PD Shuck
Runner Up: PC Chris Squirell & PD Daley
Runner Up: PC John Harwood & PD Bronx
Runner Up: PC Martin Didwell & PD Rhino
Police Dog Shuck and Police Constable James Wells
An offender was caught by police following an attempted high value theft. However, during the arrest the suspect managed to escape subsequently losing officers on foot. Unluckily for the offender Police Dog Shuck and his handler PC Jim Wells had heard the call and made their way towards the incident.
While entering the area Jim spotted the offender walking along the pavement. The offender ran off and Jim, realising he was not going to be able to catch him up, shouted several warnings before letting Shuck go. The offender was caught by Shuck… he will no doubt think twice before trying to out-run Shuck again!
Outstanding Team of the Year | Sponsored by Dardan Security
Winner: Op Moonshot Team
Runner Up: Digital Forensics Unit
Operation Moonshot Team
The Operation Moonshot team is a small core of police officers led by Sergeant Dan Edwards, who started using proactive operations of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems to tackle rural crime and transient criminals who enter the county to offend. The team only launched in April and within the first few months they had made 76 arrests, many of them priority offenders, seized more than 100 vehicles that were unsafe or used in crime as well as recovering many stolen vehicles. This initiative has made a real difference with exemplary professionalism and commitment.
Safer Neighbourhood Team of the Year | Sponsored by Banner
Winner: Wymondham SNT
Runner Up: Norwich Safer Neighbourhood Action Team (SNAT)
Wymondham Safer Neighbourhood Team
The Safer Neighbourhood Team in Wymondham has achieved a number of successes in the last 12 months. Anti-social behaviour in the town has been reduced to historically low levels following partnership working with the council and third sector partners to provide diversionary activities for young people. They also established a partnership to implement CCTV at no cost to the police to provide reassurance to the public and business owners. In addition, the team have also helped tackle organised crime and supported two significant child sexual exploitation cases, safeguarding young people at serious risk of harm.
In addition two special presentations were made on the night:
- Community Officer of the Year PC Joseph Jermy 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 Ben Rix received the Armada Plate, which is awarded annually to the student police officer who has shown the most significant.