The eighth 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 15 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 provides 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.”
Student Officer of the Year
Sponsored by City College Norwich
Winner: PC 1349 Georgia Livock
Runner Up: PC 1775 Harriet Lucas
PC Georgia Livock
Georgia has grown quickly into her role as a police officer, already dealing with sensitive domestic violence incidents in which a man was given a restraining order and in a separate case a defendant pleaded guilty to assault, all due to Georgia’s grasp of policing skills. She has also led a proactive investigation into a drug supply network, which led to several arrests.
The John (Cecil) Mason Volunteer of the Year Award
Sponsored by The Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk
Winner: Stuart Malkovich
Runner Up: Nigel Evans
Stuart’s commitment to Volunteering is admirable, contributing over 2000 hours of his time since 2010. He plays a vital role freeing up police officers time by driving personnel carriers in the Gorleston area, role playing at Headquarters in Wymondham and being one of Norfolk Constabulary’s Mystery Shoppers, where he and others carry out real life scenarios to check security measures in place at police stations.
Special Officer of the Year
Sponsored by the East of England Co-operative
Winner: SS 7138 Hannah Marshall
Runner Up: SC 7150 Lewis Jameson
SS Hannah Marshall
Hannah is nominated for going the extra mile for her community in her role as a Special Sergeant in South Norfolk. She is described as a good listener and problem solver who puts others before herself. Her help and guidance for those coming into policing is much applauded, as is the commitment to her work, which is on top of a having a full-time job and bringing up four children.
Police Staff Member of the Year
Sponsored by Reed Specialist Recruitment
Winner: Mrs. Amanda Murr
Runner Up: Mrs. Diana Baxter
Amanda is the face of the constabulary for Safeguarding and Investigations with responsibilities for the force’s strategy on domestic and honour-based abuse, stalking, forced marriage and female genital mutilation. She communicates key messages within the force but also builds confidence among communities by working with partners to protect adults and children who are vulnerable to abuse.
Young Citizen(s) of the Year
Sponsored by Shell UK Exploration & Production
Joint Winner: Police Cadet Stuart Lindsay
Joint Winner: Police Cadet Hannah Street
Police Cadet Stuart Lindsay
Stuart has been a Volunteer Police Cadet for the past 10 months, growing in confidence and now offering guidance to other cadets. He has taken part in Operation Gunpowder prior to Bonfire Night, offering door-to-door reassurance to vulnerable residents and assisted in an Anti Social Behaviour survey listening to the public’s concerns. Stuart regularly gives up his time to volunteer and give back to the community.
Police Cadet Hannah Street
Hannah has been a committed and enthusiastic cadet for 18 months. She was recently awarded a Chief Constable’s good work record for helping to locate a high risk missing person whilst carrying out Anti Social Behaviour patrols in Thetford town centre. Hannah recently completed work experience at Thetford Police Station where she was praised for her hard work and effort.
Investigator of the Year
Sponsored by Holiday Inn, Norwich North
Winner: DS 3058 Christopher Burgess
Runner Up: DC 1319 Kim Taylor
DS Christopher Burgess
From just one photograph taken by the victim of a rape in Norwich on a mobile phone, Chris was able to link the perpetrator to a string of rapes as well as a further series of attacks on other victims in Cambridgeshire. The quality of Chris’s evidence and his investigative skills led to the accused pleading guilty to 11 serious offences for which he is now serving a life sentence.
Problem Solver of the Year
Sponsored by Kevin Piper Media
Winner: Broadland OPT
Runner Up: CPC (County Policing Command) Great Yarmouth
Broadland Operational Partnership Team
The Broadland team launched a year-long campaign targeting nuisance and malicious communications which was accounting for a fifth of all Anti Social Behaviour calls in the area. A range of traditional and innovative ways of creating awareness and education of the issue in the area brought about a 22 per cent reduction in calls by the end of the campaign.
Community Citizen(s) of the Year
Sponsored by The Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk
Winner: Nula Cooper
Runner Up: Aurelio Spinola
Nula Cooper is the Project Manager and Link Worker for EP Youth Limited at Fakenham who instigated Wells Hub – a place for young people to meet and take part in activities. The Youth office was destroyed by fire last year, but Nula swiftly negotiated new premises to ensure support was not interrupted. She works alongside Fakenham Academy providing support to identified vulnerable students and actively supports the police in their work.
The Chief Constable’s Special Recognition Award
Sponsored by Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
Recipients: Tony and Chris Callaghan
Recipients: DC 9123 Samantha Mortimer
PC 9036 Neil Smith
The Bravery Award
Sponsored by Capita Consulting
Recipients: PS 3451 Steven Smith
PC 252 Robert Ellis
Recipients: PC 394 Mark Brooks
PS 3145 Derek Rutter
Community Officer of the Year – Police Officer
Sponsored by Eastern Daily Press
Winner: PC 1739 James Stables
Runner Up: PC 1403 Tony Lester
PC James Stables
James is Beat Manager for Diss and has got to grips with a number of entrenched and complicated matters that have caused concern to the community. His great working relationship with partner agencies has helped to target individuals and a notorious organised crime group. James is described as a very visible, approachable and reassuring face for the people of Diss.
Community Officer of the Year – PCSO
Winner: PCSO 8469 Malcolm Cornaby
Runner Up: PCSO 8544 Steve Smith
PCSO Malcolm Cornaby
Malcolm, or Mac as he is known by his colleagues in Norwich West, has achieved excellent results in the last twelve months. He works with several children’s homes building relationships with those at risk of harm. His actions are having a dramatic improvement in their chances of staying safe. Mac also has a good nose for crime. The arrest of one person acting suspiciously resulted in the recovery of tools from 16 van thefts carried out that day.
Police Dog of the Year
Sponsored by Royal Canin
Chosen by Norfolk Constabulary’s Facebook community
Winner: PC 1189 James Wells & PD Shuck
PC 1189 James Wells & PD Shuck
Following an incident where a woman and two children were assaulted, Shuck was tasked with finding the assailant who had run off on foot. The dog located a track through swampy waste ground, open grassland, woods and thorny bushes. Shuck barked near a reeded area where the man was spotted hiding by PC Wells.
Outstanding Team of the Year
Sponsored by Dardan Security
Winner: Criminal Justice Reform Team
Runner Up: Integrated Mental Health Team
Criminal Justice Reform Team
An outstanding year for the Criminal Justice Reform Team and the substantial and unprecedented change they have led in digital and video working within the criminal justice system. This has focused on improving the experience of officers and staff, and leading reforms with partner agencies; including virtual courts and live links, while always retaining a clear focus on supporting victims and witnesses.
Safer Neighbourhood Team of the Year
Sponsored by Capgemini
Winner: Hunstanton LPC
Runner Up: Fakenham SNT
Hunstanton LPC is a proactive team with customer service at the forefront. They often assist response colleagues when demand is high despite their own workloads. They have successfully worked to gain the trust of people at risk of sexual and physical abuse and create specific response plans to aid them. They also identified £175,000 of fraud by rogue traders, which has now led to a closer working relationship with Trading Standards.
In addition two special presentations were made on the night:
• Community Officer of the Year PC James Stables 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 Georgia Livock 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.