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Cast your votes now for your community hero

We need your help to choose who is worthy of Roger Hirst’s Community Safety Hero Award.

Mr Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, is holding his annual conference at Colchester Stadium on Friday, June 7.

At the conference, which will be showcasing how the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has been delivering through partnerships, Mr Hirst will be unveiling the winners and runners up for this year’s Community Safety Hero Awards.

The awards recognise people from across the county who have made an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Community safety’.

Fifty people and organisations where nominated for the awards by members of the public. These have been shortlisted by a judging panel to a small number finalists who have been invited to the conference.

The overall award winner, selected by the judging panel, will receive £500 to go towards their work in the community and two highly commended winners will receive £300 each.

This year, there is also a new category for young people open to anybody aged up to and including 24-years-old.

The winner of this award, again chosen by the judging panel, will receive £300 to go towards their work in the community.


Five of our finalists have also been selected to go through to a People’s Choice Award where members of the public can vote for their worthy winner. The poll will run until 12 noon on the day of the conference, Friday, June 7. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be presented with £100.


People can find out more about the finalists and vote online here: Find out more and cast your vote here:


Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Each and everyday people across Essex go out of their way to make a positive contribution to their communities. Whether that is through supporting vulnerable people, helping to prevent crime or making our communities safer. “These awards help recognise those people by celebrating the contribution they make and supporting them in making a difference.”

The awards have been kindly supported by Essex Chambers of Commerce. Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive of the Chambers, was part of the judging panel and will be co-hosting the awards with Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Jane Gardner. Also on the judging panel was Jane Gardner, Essex Police and Essex PFCC Volunteer Mandy Chapman and Janet Bloomfield, Essex Police’s Children and Young People and ASB Manager.


Denise said: “Reading the nominations was a humbling experience. It was amazing to see all of the fantastic work people are doing in their communities to help make Essex a safer place. It was really difficult decision to decide who went through the final as all of the nominees were of such high calibre and deserve the Community Safety Hero title.”


Finalists for the People’s Choice Community Safety Hero Award – cast your votes now!


  1. Jason Shaves – Rainbow Services – Harlow
  2. Shirley Hume – Springfield Youth Group – Chelmsford
  3. Kirsty Fields – Off The Streets – Southend
  4. Tony Ellis – Crime Prevention Assistant – Epping Forest District
  5. Emma Hughes – Sanctus – Chelmsford



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