Community safety heroes recognised with new PCC award
PEOPLE who have gone above and beyond to keep their community safe will be honoured with a new award created by Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.
The inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Community Safety award aims to recognise individuals, volunteers and groups across the county who have delivered a project or scheme to improve the safety of those around them.
The PCC wants to formally recognise anyone who works in Essex in a voluntary or professional capacity delivering a service to the public to keep people safe, prevent crime and/or protect the most vulnerable people in our communities. The award aims to recognise those people or teams who deliver more than could be reasonably expected and to those who go the extra mile. This could include volunteers who go out of their way to support and protect vulnerable people or to frontline public servants who go above and beyond to deliver an outstanding service to their community.
Nick Alston said: “As Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex it is my privilege to see first-hand many examples of excellence and innovation in community safety right across the voluntary, statutory and business sectors.
“These contributions make an enormous difference to keeping our communities safe. I am keen to formally recognise the role played by local public servants, agencies and volunteers more publicly and for this reason I am delighted to be able to launch the first Essex PCC award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Safety.
“I know how much talent and passion is out there in this area and how many unsung heroes are often quietly getting on with delivering amazing projects with little recognition. I hope many of you will put forward recommendations as to who should win the award.”
The winner will be announced at the PCC’s annual conference at the Community Stadium in Colchester on Wednesday January 14th, 2015. There will be one overall winner and two further nominees will be highly commended.
As well as the awards, winners will receive a financial donation to their project, organisation or work, to further support the continuation of the important contribution they are making. The winning area of work or project will receive £500, with those highly commended receiving £250 each. This money must be reinvested back into the work which is being recognised.
Nominations are open to individuals and teams from across the statutory, communit, voluntary, and business sectors, where an outstanding contribution has been made to improve community safety, prevent crime or protect vulnerable people. Nominations can be submitted by anyone who has benefitted from or witnessed the efforts of the nominees and their work, including managers, colleagues, or members of the public.
Nominations must be made on the attached form and sent via email to [email protected] with “PCC Award” in the subject line. Alternatively forms can be sent by post to: PCC for Essex, 3 Hoffmans Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1GU.
If you are someone who needs help with writing your nomination you could ask a teacher, other professional person, or someone you trust to help you write the form. For further assistance please contact the OPCC directly on 01245 291 600.
The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Thursday 11th December. Winners will be notified by email by Friday January 2nd, 2015.