10/11/2016

Honours Handed Out at Community Safety Awards

Cleveland Police officers, staff and members of the public have been honoured at a ceremony for their outstanding dedication and commitment to looking after our communities.

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Wendy Shepherd, Programme Manager from Barnardo’s, a charity that supports and protects children, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for dedicating 24 years to tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) across Teesside.

The Community Safety Awards took place yesterday evening, Wednesday 9th November, at Stockton Riverside College. It was hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger.

The annual awards recognise achievements of those in the police, housing organisations, community safety partnerships, and the private and voluntary sectors.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger said: “The Cleveland Community Safety Awards give us the chance to come together and celebrate the success of those making a real difference for others.

“The awards recognise the contribution of people that are working tirelessly every day to keep our communities safe and these awards are our opportunity to recognise their outstanding achievements.

“Amongst those that have contributed to making a difference is Wendy Shepherd, who has improved the lives of thousands of young people and families. She has shown great commitment throughout her career and I congratulate her on her award.”

Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Iain Spittal, said: “It is really important to thank all of those dedicated and committed people for their hard work in our local communities and the Community Safety Awards is an excellent way to do this.

“When people dedicate their time and effort to assisting our communities, it doesn’t go unnoticed. I am extremely proud of those who have received awards for the positive work that they do.”

Speaking of her award, Wendy said: “I was both surprised and delighted to receive this award and it has been a pleasure and honour to work with young people and their families and the professional community in combatting sexual exploitation and violence. I know as I leave my role the work to protect children and support families will continue in the capable hands of the Police, social care, communities and Barnardo’s.”

A full list of winners is included below:

Neighbourhood Police Officer of the Year – PC Geoff Coggin, Hartlepool

Neighbourhood Police Community Support Officer of the Year - PCSOs Mark Say, Yasmin Calvert and Graeme Handley, Hartlepool

Neighbourhood Special Constable of the Year – Special Inspector Rob Lynas

Neighbourhood Team of the Year - Hartlepool Integrated Neighbourhood Team

Neighbourhood Officer Best at Tackling Antisocial Behaviour – Superintendent David Sutherland, Middlesbrough

Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator of the Year - North Ormesby Residents Against Crime

Housing Provider Contribution to Tackling Antisocial Behaviour - Leah Wetheritt from Thirteen Housing Group

Community Safety Team Contribution to Tackling Antisocial Behaviour - Julie Pearce

Community Volunteer Champion - Tony Whitby

Young Community Volunteer - Jack Dodsworth, Harry Pickering and Joseph Whitehead

Community Minded Business - Streets Ahead

Outstanding Support to a Victim - Sgt James Brown, PC David Alcock, PCSO David Lynas and PCSO Claire Vodden, Redcar and Cleveland

Lifetime Achievement Award – Wendy Shepherd, Barnardo’s