The tenth annual Norfolk Safer Community Awards (NOSCAS) celebrating outstanding contributions made by police officers, staff and the local community in helping keep Norfolk a safe place to live, work and visit, have taken place in Norwich.
Chief Constable Simon Bailey hosted the special event, now in its tenth year, at the Holiday Inn, Norwich. He was joined by all the shortlisted entries, event sponsors, invited guests from the community, senior officers and staff.
Speaking about the evening, Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “It’s an honour to be hosting the tenth annual NOSCAs event. Over the last decade we have highlighted the exceptional work of many of our officers, staff and residents, and tonight is no different.
“Despite the challenges police forces face today it makes me very proud to be able to showcase 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 would like to 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. We had an extremely high standard of entries and competition was intense. I am privileged 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 Spencer Crane
Runner Up: PC Alistair Tassie
PC Spencer Crane
PC Spencer Crane joined the force as an officer in January 2016 having previously worked as a PCSO in Norwich. Spencer has successfully assisted with many police incidents and always shows a high level of professionalism and care for the welfare of others. He is described as someone who regularly goes above and beyond to work in partnership with the community and is a credit to the constabulary.
The John (Cecil) Mason Volunteer of the Year Sponsored by Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk
Winner: Sally Mack
Runner Up: Michael Bennet
Sally Mack joined the constabulary as a volunteer three years ago, initially to assist Roads Policing Family Liaison Officers. She identified that witnesses of collisions could also be considered victims in need of support. She has helped many people cope with the trauma of horrific incidents and is described as an absolute credit to the team providing excellent service and help to those in crisis.
Special Constabulary Officer of the Year Sponsored by Eastern Daily Press
Winner: Special Constable Jonathan Jackson
Runner Up: Special Sergeant Thomas Render
Special Constable Jonathan Jackson
Special Constable Jonathan Jackson has been instrumental in setting up the police horse unit for Norfolk Constabulary, which has gained a very high profile due to his dedication and outstanding work. Jonathan travels the county for operations, public events and patrols and is described as a great ambassador with an easy manner and good humour who works tirelessly with police horses to deter rural crime.
Police Cadet of the Year Sponsored by Shell UK Ltd
Winner: Police Cadet Nikki Dale and Police Cadet Karl Brock
Police Cadet Karl Brock
Police Cadet Karl Brock joined the Norwich Police Cadets in April last year. An enthusiastic team member who always takes time to support others, he has assisted at numerous events, representing the police force with pride. Karl was particularly impressive at the passing out parade where he took command of the group when the leader was unable to attend. He is described as a shining light and serves as an excellent role model.
Police Cadet Nikki Dale
Police Cadet Nikki Dale joined Great Yarmouth Police Cadets aged 15 and has worked hard to become a Senior Cadet. She regularly aids policing priorities with the Great Yarmouth Safer Neighbourhood Teams. She has attended the Police Accountability Forum, the Royal Norfolk Show and shown huge dedication with confidence and enthusiasm. Nikki is described as a wonderful example to the Police Cadets and a fully committed team member.
Police Staff Member of the Year Sponsored by Reed Specialist Recruitment
Winner: Dr. Helen Ireland
Runner Up: Tish Rice
Dr. Helen Ireland
Dr. Helen Ireland joined the Strategic Analysis Team in 2014 and has since made notable contributions in her work setting a very high standard for others to follow. Helen’s profiles have often been the first of their kind to be produced in Norfolk, with distinguished work on child sexual exploitation and honour-based abuse. She has led the implementation of a joint-force system and promoted the values of collaborative working at every turn.
Young Citizen(s) of the Year Sponsored by Shell UK Ltd
Winner: Emily Freeman and Charlie Mason
Emily was involved in an incident where an elderly man had collapsed in a driveway. Her quick response in calling the emergency services, putting him into the recovery position and then calming the man when he awoke are commendable. Her demonstration of community safety was further shown when she returned to the scene to ensure the elderly lady who lived at the home where the incident occurred was alright.
Charlie Mason, aged 11, reported a drug related crime to his father who is a Firearms Enquiry Officer at Cromer Police Station in July this year. Charlie recalled details from the incident, which led to an arrest and subsequent prosecution. His quick actions have been praised and his outstanding achievement at combatting lawlessness recognised.
Investigator of the Year Sponsored by Norfolk Police Federation
Winner: Detective Constable Richard Justice
Runner Up: DC 1309 Eleanor Bull & Katie Grady
DC 537 Richard Justice
DC Richard Justice has been instrumental in investigating and convicting a paedophile ring involving over 70 serious historic sexual offences over three decades. Richard’s work uncovered multiple victims and suspects and ultimately revealed a large network of child abuse. Although victims and offenders were nationwide and abroad, his diligence and tenacity led to every offender receiving custodial sentences with all being placed on the sex offenders register for life.
Problem Solver of the Year Sponsored by CPS
Winner: Sergeant Jon Bendall
Runner Up: King’s Lynn Operational Partnership Team
Sergeant Jon Bendall
Sergeant Jon Bendall has been instrumental in tackling the challenges of drugs, homelessness, begging and anti-social behaviour in Norwich. He is commended for his work with the Council and other support agencies to ensure offenders are offered appropriate support. Jon has consistently used his problem-solving skills to gain maximum impact from very limited resources, and has led his team to deliver very impressive results to support the police and benefit local communities.
Outstanding Leadership Award Sponsored by Kevin Piper Media
Winner: Sergeant Mick Andrew and Sergeant Mark Shepherd
Sergeant Michael Andrew
Sergeant Mick Andrew is highly respected and recognised by his team for making a positive impact on the lives of numerous young people. He shows an immeasurable amount of leadership skills in organising the Police Cadets attendance at events as well as a very successful team-building event in the Peak District. His dedication and passion for his role in supporting the Cadets have earned great rewards in terms of their positive interest and attitude towards the police service.
Sergeant Mark Shepherd
Sergeant Mark Shepherd is described as an exceptional leader who has been instrumental in coordinating community policing and increasing police visibility within the city of Norwich, achieving a massive increase in the use of anti-social behaviour legislation. Mark has changed the culture of the community police team ensuring everyone is working towards a common goal and has created an excellent team atmosphere at Bethel Street Police Station.
Community Citizen(s) of the Year Sponsored by Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk
Winner: CCTV Great Yarmouth
Runner Up: Noeleen Woodhouse & Natalie Sands
CCTV Great Yarmouth
CCTV Great Yarmouth is a dedicated team who work 24 hours a day covering 64 cameras across the town with direct links to Police Headquarters and Great Yarmouth Police Station. Their excellent work has led to the detention of offenders, convictions at court and a reduction in crime and disorder in Great Yarmouth. They have also successfully assisted with finding missing people, combatted retail theft and are making a huge contribution in saving valuable police time.
The Chief Constable’s Special Recognition Award Sponsored by Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
Recipient : Police Community Engagement Officers
Engagement Officers –
Police Constable Amy Lucas (Breckland)
Police Constable Andrew Mason (Broadland)
Police Constable Hannah Gardiner (Gt Yarmouth)
Police Constable Emily Carter (Kings Lynn and West Norfolk)
Police Constable Pete Davison (North Norfolk)
Police Constable Adam Binns (Norwich)
Police Constable Jim Squires (South Norfolk)
The Hannah Witheridge Special Recognition Award
Recipients: Family Liaison Officers –
Police Constable David Reed
Police Constable Wendy Frary
Police Constable Chris Bradley
The Bravery Award Sponsored by Capita Consulting
Recipient: PCSO Paul McAllister
In the early hours of 18th July 2017, PCSO Paul McAllister from Sprowston Police Station was travelling home at the end of a shift. During his journey he came across a vehicle on fire on the roadside. Members of the public had also stopped at the scene. Paul quickly identified that the vehicle had been involved in a traffic collision and that despite fire spreading from the vehicle, the male driver had deliberately re-entered the vehicle and remained in the front seat.
Without concern for his own safety, and assisted by two members of the public, Paul attempted to pull the male from the vehicle. To his surprise the male resisted and held onto the passenger seat in an apparent attempt to remain in the vehicle as it burned. Realising the situation was becoming desperate the officer called 999 to summon assistance before going back to try to remove the male from the vehicle again, warning members of the public to stay safe as the fire spread. The male eventually came out of the vehicle but immediately became aggressive towards those who were trying to help him.
Despite the threats of violence and attempts to get away, Paul detained the male for drink-driving. However the male was clearly intent on taking his own life and repeatedly made physical attempts to get back into the burning car. Paul and the two members of public restrained the man until further help arrived.
Paul displayed tremendous bravery in the face of both the threat of the fire, which reached the vehicle’s fuel tank and engulfed the vehicle, and the threat of violence. In the true spirit of the Police Service Paul placed the safety of others ahead of that of his own and his selfless act of courage has undoubtedly saved the life of the driver.
Community Officer of the Year – Police Officer Sponsored by Eastern Daily Press
Winner: PC Dan Taylor
Runner Up: PC Jon Downs
PC Dan Taylor
PC Dan Taylor is Beat Manager for the Bowthorpe area of Norwich and has proactively dealt with a number of community issues in the past year. These include combatting anti-social behaviour with high visibility patrols by PCSOs that have restored confidence in the area, and targeting specific patterns of crime by deploying Special Constables in plainclothes. Dan is proactive around building better relationships between the police and the community.
Community Officer of the Year – PCSO Sponsored by Eastern Daily Press
Winner: PCSO Joseph Pike
Runner Up: PCSO Michael Clark
PCSO Joseph Pike
PCSO Joseph Pike is a Support Officer for Loddon and Poringland and has had some significant successes despite an increased workload. After complaints about speeding, he set up an initiative with children from Poringland Primary School to run a competition to design a road safety sign funded by the Parish Council. Joe has also been part of successful schemes to tackle anti-social behaviour among young people in both Loddon and Poringland.
Response Team of the Year Sponsored by Norwich City Football Club
Winner: Great Yarmouth District Team 4
Runner Up: Dereham Team 1
Great Yarmouth District – Team 4
Team 4 have made a huge impact on public safety in Great Yarmouth by being highly proactive and an intelligence-led unit. Their quick response to incidents has led to multiple arrests and convictions. Whether tackling anti-social behaviour, domestic incidents, burglaries or retail theft, their high quality service is making a difference. Their response plans for flooding in collaboration with other agencies received praise from the Chief Constable, PCC and Policing Minister.
Police Dog of the Year Sponsored by Royal Canin
Chosen by Norfolk Constabulary’s Facebook community
Winner: Police Constable Jamie Ward and Police Dog Neeko
Runner Up: PC Adrian Vincent and Police Dog Claude
Runner Up: PC Emma Grosvenor and Police Dog Reiker
Police Constable Jamie Ward and Police Dog Neeko
PC Jamie Ward and police dog Neeko were deployed to an active pursuit on the A47 for the occupants of a van that had failed to stop. The vehicle was located and colleagues had detained the driver but others had fled the scene. Neeko immediately found a track he was interested in and followed it through ditches, dense undergrowth and even along the A47 itself in darkness. Turning off the road again they heard crashing sounds ahead and Neeko pushed through further undergrowth. PC Ward and Neeko flushed out three men who quickly gave themselves up. Neeko guarded them until backup arrived and they were detained. The four men were charged and have also been linked with a series of church lead thefts worth at least £80,000.
Outstanding Team of the Year Sponsored by Dardan Security
Winner: Data Communications – SpoC
Runner Up: Fingerprint Development Laboratory
Communications Data Investigation – SpoC
The Communications Data Investigation team have performed to an exceptional standard this year enabling them to save 85 lives since their inception. Their work is described as being of a very high standard. With their ability to assess situations quickly and to acquire and map data, they have been able to locate people at risk of harm or death. The Home Office described them as highly skilled and forward-thinking. They were recently awarded the first-ever Interception Commissioner’s Commendation for their professionalism and dedication.
Safer Neighbourhood Team of the Year Sponsored by Secure Response Services for East of England Co-operative
Winner: Downham Market SNT
Runner Up: Bethel Street SNT
Downham Market SNT
Downham Market Safer Neighbourhood Team has worked tirelessly as a team to provide protection for their local communities. They have carried out numerous engagement events meeting people needing help and support as well as working effectively with the community to reduce crime and resolve problems in the area. Their work has been well received by the community, parish councils and landowners as going above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment and determination to tackle rural crime.
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.