What are the NOSCAs?

The Norfolk Safer Community Awards (NOSCAs) started in 2008 with a small event in Norfolk Constabulary’s gym at the Police Headquarters in Wymondham.

It was clear from that successful evening that a bigger venue would be needed and the next year we moved to Dunston Hall where the event stayed for five years. In 2013 a larger venue was needed and NOSCAs moved to the Holiday Inn in Norwich.

The Norfolk Safer Community Awards offer people the opportunity to support the continuing efforts of the community and the Constabulary in helping to keep Norfolk a safer county to live, work and visit.

The awards combine internal recognition with local communities voting for officers who they feel deserve an award for their contributions to their community. Additionally, if people know of an exceptional individual or group who need to be thanked they are encouraged to nominate them for an award.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey will choose recipients for the Special Recognition Award. He will also be acknowledging officers and staff with Bravery Awards which recognise their outstanding bravery in the line of duty. Finally, the Police Dog of the Year will be voted for on the Norfolk Constabulary’s Facebook page.

As before, readers of the Eastern Daily Press can choose their Community Officer of the Year. They are nominated by district commanders across Norfolk. Voting forms will be available in the paper and you can vote online.

The three other categories that members of the public can nominate someone for are; The John (Cecil) Mason Volunteer of the Year, Young Citizen(s) of the Year and Community Citizen(s) of the Year.

Norfolk Safer Community Awards are funded by sponsorship from commercial and community partners.