Community Officer of the Year – Police Officer


Police Constable 553 Edward Arbuthnot

Beat Manager – Watton
Breckland District

PC Ed Arbuthnot only joined in February of this year and was due to work alongside an established Beat Manager, but due to unforeseen circumstances Ed has ended up having to work on his own as Beat Manager for Watton.

He has taken to the role quickly, showing a firm understanding of the skills required as well as a fantastic knowledge of his beat and a problem-solving mentality.  Ed’s work has already been highly regarded by residents and council members in Watton with a number of innovative engagements demonstrating how his visible reassurance has raised public confidence within the community.

Anti-social behaviour reports have dropped by 21% compared to last year and Ed’s nominator believes his work has been instrumental in both preventing crime and increasing intelligence reports in the area.  His impact is such that the community of Watton have called for him to remain as their Beat Manager.



Police Constable 1103 Peter Magee

Beat Manager – Alysham
Broadland District

PC Peter Magee is the local Beat Manager for the Aylsham area.  He is well known around the town and surrounding villages and has a good local knowledge.

Peter engages well with key members of the community and has a good relationship with them.  He is described by his nominator as being very organised in terms of his knowledge of forthcoming community events being held in the area, and always plans in advance to ensure the correct resources are available to assist.  He also works proactively when dealing with issues and his local knowledge makes him aware of what crime has been committed in the area.

Peter had the challenging task of taking over his role from a retired officer who was loved by the local community, however he has managed to continue the great work of his predecessor and forge even stronger links with his partners and parishioners.



Police Constable 1558 Andrew Hunt

Beat Manager – Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth District

PC Andy Hunt has established strong links with retail premises and their staff over a number of years in his role as Beat Manager in Great Yarmouth.  His patrols target retail crime, helping to reduce shop theft, while maintaining law and order in the town centre.

Andy has recently been the lead officer in tackling anti-social behaviour by youths on bicycles which, as a final warning, included follow-up education for the youths alongside their parents about their behaviour.  This initiative has since been implemented in other areas.  He has also proactively worked on reducing begging in the town to improve the quality of life for residents and shoppers.

Andy is described as a police officer who brings years of knowledge and policing skills to his beat, where he takes personal pride in making Great Yarmouth town centre a better place for all.



Police Constable 1062 Francine Heath

Beat Manager – Hunstanton
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk District

PC Francine Heath is described as the epitome of what is expected of a community Beat Officer.  She works as part of the Hunstanton Neighbourhood Team, a group of officers significantly in tune with the issues in their local area.

Most notably Francine played a key role in combatting a rise in instances of anti-social behaviour in the town.  Together with her colleague PC Brennock, evidence was quickly gathered from local businesses and other contacts so the individuals could be identified.  There were home visits to those responsible and a plan was formulated to deal with future offences.  This had an immediate effect with two arrests the same day for arson and possession of cannabis.  From this, further intelligence was gained and ultimately a person who was supplying young people with cannabis in the town was arrested.

Francine’s work as part of the Neighbourhood Team has all but eliminated anti-social behaviour in Hunstanton.



Police Constable 1054 Barrie Cresswell 

Beat Manager – Cromer
North Norfolk District

PC Barrie Cresswell is due to retire shortly after 30 years’ service, and he will be sorely missed by his colleagues and the communities he has served.

Most recently, he has been the Beat Manager for Cromer and eleven surrounding parishes.  During his time Barrie has built up a huge network of community contacts and is often seen out engaging with local residents and tourists, as well as visiting ‘hard to reach’ groups including day care centres and the local foodbank where he is always happy to discuss any issues that arise.

Barrie has worked tirelessly throughout his service, often coming in on rest days to provide reassurance to the community. Though a period of change and evolution, Barrie is described as a proper old-fashioned Community Police Officer who has built trust and confidence and been an invaluable asset to the North Norfolk policing team.



Police Constable 820 James Marrison

Beat Manager – Hurricane Way, North Norwich
Norwich District

PC James Marrison is a Beat Manager in the Silver Triangle and Constitution Hill area of Norwich, a busy and diverse community on the outskirts of the city.

His role began before Neighbourhood Teams were set up, which meant James managed the community on his own, where there was a perception that disorder and drug dealing was rife and confidence was low. Through James’s tenacity in bringing people together, he developed relationships with the community and with a local councillor that have expanded to regular interaction and public meetings beyond his daily patrols.  This has enabled him to gain vital community intelligence, help to make an impact on disorder as well as give advice on crime prevention.

Recent feedback suggests there is now real positivity within the community, with James described as being seen as an essential component of what has developed into one of the most strong, resilient communities in Norfolk.



Police Constable 1279 Andy Barkway

Beat Manager – Long Stratton
South Norfolk District

PC Andy Barkway has been the Beat Manager at Long Stratton for just over two years.  He is well known within his local community and regularly changes his shift times so that he can meet their needs.

Andy conducts regular speed checks, patrols rural areas and, despite inheriting a large geographic area, has effectively tackled some long standing and deep-rooted issues around anti-social behaviour in the community.  He has worked closely with a local home for vulnerable people where as a result, there has been a 50 per cent reduction in demand for assistance.

The local community has supported Andy’s work, with a recent community meeting being complimentary of their Beat Manager and of the overall policing in Long Stratton.