Safer Neighbourhoods Awards 2012

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Local Community Safety Champions Announced in Hertsmere

SNH Awards 2012: Hertsmere

Hertfordshire Police Authority has named the regional winners for the annual Safer Neighbourhood Awards 2012.  The winners are invited to a ceremony at Hertford’s County Hall in May, where the overall county title winners will be announced on the night.


A local panel of judges from the Police Authority, Constabulary and Hertsmere Borough Council went through the nominations received to select the deserving winners.  They were:


Community Safety Citizen’s Award
Richard Jarvis


Richard is a very active and dedicated member of his local community. Not only does he participate in many local events, he is also a Neighbourhood Watch Ward Co-ordinator.


Richard voluntarily visits groups of vulnerable people across the whole of Hertsmere in his own time, offering crime prevention advice and showing them DVDs on subjects including Distraction Burglary, to try and ensure that residents are safe in their own homes.

Neighbourhood Police Officer of the Year Award
PC Ross Paybody
(from Borehamwood Safer Neighbourhood Team)


PC Ross Paybody has achieved considerable success not only in traditional police activity but also with some innovative diversionary projects.


He arranged the ‘Prison! Me! No Way!’ Roadshow to present to over 150 schoolchildren showing the harsh realities of prison life to deter young people from a life of crime.


Ross worked tirelessly under Operation Bracken to successfully reduce criminal damage and anti-social behaviour in Borehamwood Town Centre. His personal knowledge of the young people of the town enabled him to contribute greatly to the success of this operation.


Ross is also a Hertsmere Police Cadet Leader and gives up his own time to take young people on camps, assist in crime prevention initiatives, and civic events such as Remembrance Day parades.


Ross is described as being a committed team player who actively seeks out work and challenges. He is well respected by his peers and has established excellent working relationships across the community.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) of the Year Award
PCSO Iain Boyd
(from Borehamwood Safer Neighbourhood Team)


Ian is described as having the ability to always apply a personal approach which is so very reassuring for his residents and is prepared to go beyond the extra mile.  Residents know that if they have any problems relating to crime or anything else, they can turn to Ian for help and he will make sure that it is sorted out.


Ian is renowned for going the extra mile when confronted with crime on his area.  One example of this is his response to a series of residential burglaries. Ian continued to visit victims over a long period of time providing reassurance and advice beyond that required by the force guidance or instructed by his sergeants. 


He is highly regarded by both his peers and supervisors.  He is motivated, committed to the public he serves - always going the extra mile to make difference. 


His overall attitude to his role is described by his Sergeant as ‘exemplary - a PCSO role model’.


Hertsmere Chief Inspector Dean Patient said: “These individuals work tirelessly to improve the quality of life in the areas they cover and I’m proud that they are being recognised through these awards.


“Policing is all about working together – with residents, local businesses and organisations and with local partner agencies. All of these worthy winners have demonstrated real passion and commitment to serve their communities.


“They have all made a very real difference to the people of Hertsmere.”


Brenda Griffiths, Police Authority Lead for Hertsmere said: “These awards are a great opportunity to recognise the excellent work of police officers, PCSOs, and members of the public who work together to help keep Hertsmere safe. 


“I have been impressed with the number of nominations we received this year from both members of the public and local partners, it has been a difficult decision to identify those who should go forward to the County judging panel.  Our Hertsmere winners were agreed by the judging panel and I hope their exemplary contribution to our local communities, will be successful at the next stage of these awards.  


“I would also like to express my thanks and appreciation to everyone who took the time to make nominations, and of course to those who were nominated for all of their excellent work.”

Nominations opened in December 2011 to members of the public and ‘partners’ of the Constabulary from across Hertfordshire, including local councils, the Fire & Rescue Service and voluntary groups, such as Neighbourhood Watch.


Hundreds of nominations were received online and have contributed to one of the most hotly-contested Safer Neighbourhoods Awards in its six-year history.