PSNI Launch 2011 Policing In The Community Awards

Chief Superintendent Grimshaw said, “We are committed to delivering a personal, professional, protective Police Service to communities across Northern Ireland. Over the course of the last twelve months we have been putting in place mechanisms that will increase community engagement, and enhance feedback from individuals and victims of crime. On the ground. Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie in Market Street in Downpatrick with Dan McEvoy, Down District Policing Partnership member, and Neighbourhood Policing officers Sergeant Moucha and Sergeant John McKenna. “This information will play a crucial role in helping us to refine service delivery by reducing bureaucracy, increasing front-line visibility and ultimately delivering upon objectives that have been set in conjunction with the local community. Working in partnership with other agencies, community groups and individuals, we remain resolute in our commitment to making Northern Ireland a safer place for everyone.” [caption id="attachment_16834" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="'Keep the race in its place', The Road Safety Week was launched last year at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit. Included are NIFS Fire Fighter Ian Mason, DOE Road Safety Education Officer James Magennis, and NIFS Crew Commander Jake Fitzpatrick, with Councillor Dessie Patterson, Chairman of the Down District Policing Partnership, Inspector Hazel Moucka, Neighbourhood Policing team, Anthony Crozier, DOE Road Safety Education Officer, and Malachy Savage, NIFS Crew Commander."][/caption] The Police Service has a dedicated Policing with the Community Branch that develops community policing and best practice throughout the service. The Awards, which are an initiative of the branch, are designed to acknowledge commitment and innovation. C/Supt Grimshaw added, “The Policing with the Community Awards pay tribute to the contribution and commitment of police officers and staff who have been working in partnership with local people to enable robust action plans to be established to address the need identified by the communities.” Last year three of the category winners in the Policing with the Community Awards, went on to lift accolades in the Jane’s Gala Awards ceremony. Their contributions to creating a safer environment were benchmarked against their counterparts in over 50 other police services. Encouraging members of the public to take an active role in the nomination process, Brian Rea, Acting Chairman of the Policing Board said, “The job of a police officer is wide ranging and every day, officers are out and about working hard to deliver a service which benefits our entire society. “Real progress has been made in how officers deliver policing out on our streets and this kind of progress can only continue when the police and community work in partnership. It is important to take some time to recognise the dedication and hard work of many officers whose efforts make all our lives that bit easier and I would encourage members of the public to take this opportunity to nominate those who they feel have benefitted their community.” Nomination forms can be obtained at all police stations throughout Northern Ireland or by logging onto The closing date for nominations is Friday 11th March 2011. There are a total of eight Award categories: *   Probationer Police Officer of the Year *   Partnership of the Year *   Neighbourhood Policing Team of the Year *   Police Staff member of the Year]]>