Award Categories

Highlighting the very best of Avon and Somerset Constabulary VIew the categories

Neighbourhood Officer of the Year

About the award

Offering visible reassurance in the community and improving the quality of life of local people is at the heart of neighbourhood policing. We are looking for a neighbourhood officer (Bristol, North East and Somerset) who personifies neighbourhood policing.

Those who can be recognised in this category include (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Neighbourhood Officers (all ranks)
  • Police Community Support Officers
  • Local policing support team members

Shortlisting criteria

  • This individual cuts crime and reduces the fear of crime in their area by gathering intelligence, arresting offenders and providing practical crime prevention advice.
  • This individual works with colleagues, partners and the local community to provide sustainable solutions to local problems.
  • This individual should be seen by the community, and their team, as an essential element in the life of the neighbourhood – working in partnership with local people to make the community safer and stronger.
  • This individual demonstrates a clear understanding of the PCC’s priorities in the way they carry out their role, ensuring local people at the heart of their work.

Evidence of commendations or letters of appreciation can be submitted if applicable

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Response Officer of the Year

About the award

Response officers are often the first on the scene at an emergency, offering that initial vital support to someone in their greatest time of need. We are looking for an officer (Bristol, North East, Somerset) who makes a real difference at that first point of contact.

Shortlisting criteria

  • This officer demonstrates intelligence led pro-active policing, building on local knowledge, observation and targeting in order to support local and force initiatives.
  • They should pursue opportunities to make contact and build relationships with all sections of the community to promote and enhance local problem solving and to support voluntary effort in dealing with crime, disorder and other quality of life issues of local concern.
  • This officer supports other staff in times of demand in order to ensure the most efficient use of resources and liaises regularly with beat managers.
  • This individual demonstrates a clear understanding of the PCC’s priorities in the way they carry out their role, ensuring local people at the heart of their work.

Evidence of commendations or letters of appreciation can be submitted if applicable

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Investigator of the Year

About the award

The investigation and detection of crime is at the heart of police activity. Investigators collate information evidence), identify suspects and achieve justice for victims by preparing complex casefiles for the courts, while supporting victims

Those who can be recognised in this category include (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Detective Officers (all ranks)
  • Police Staff Investigators (all grades)
  • Collision Investigators
  • Crime Scene Investigators (all grades)

Shortlisting criteria

  • This individual is competent in conducting investigations and enabling prosecutions in relation to serious and complex crime.
  • This individual has the ability to gather, verify and assess all appropriate and available information to gain an accurate understanding of situations.
  • This individual works co-operatively with others to get things done, demonstrating a real belief in focusing on what matters to local people and has their best interests in mind.
  • This individual demonstrates a clear understanding of the PCC’s priorities in the way they carry out their role, ensuring local people at the heart of their work.

Evidence of commendations or letters of appreciation can be submitted if applicable

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Police Staff Member of the Year

About the award

Giving a high quality professional service instils confidence in our communities and encourages involvement and engagement. We are looking for a member of police staff (Bristol, North East, Somerset, HQ) who consistently provides the highest levels of professionalism.

Those who can be recognised in this category include (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Enquiry Office Staff
  • Call handlers
  • Lighthouse Victim and Witness Care Officers

Shortlisting criteria

  • This member of staff clearly demonstrates and promotes the force’s Quality of Service standards and commitments.
  • They give those who they work or come into contact with a professional and positive impression of themselves and the organisation, which regularly exceeds expectations.
  • Where appropriate they monitor and solve problems, promoting an environment of continuous improvement and learning.
  • This individual demonstrates a clear understanding of the PCC’s priorities in the way they carry out their role, ensuring local people at the heart of their work.

Evidence of commendations or letters of appreciation can be submitted if applicable

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Police Support Volunteer of the Year

About the award

Volunteers assist police officers, staff and other volunteers to address policing issues that matter most to local people. They bring a wide range of skills and experience from all sorts of backgrounds, making life better for the communities of Avon and Somerset.

Those who can be recognised in this category include (this list is not exhaustive):

  • All Police Support Volunteers
  • Volunteer Police Cadets

Shortlisting criteria

  • A volunteer who we cannot thank enough for their determination, steadfastness and hard work.
  • A volunteer that continually goes beyond what is expected and selflessly gives up their personal time.
  • A volunteer who can demonstrate that they have made a difference in their role either by enhancing services, increasing capacity and/or bridging the gap between the police and the local community.
  • This individual demonstrates a clear understanding of the PCC’s priorities in the way they carry out their role, ensuring local people at the heart of their work.

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Special Constable of the Year

About the award

Special Constables (all grades) give up their time on a voluntary basis to support the work of their colleagues in making local communities feel safe and be safe. We are looking for a Special Constable (Bristol, North East, Somerset) who, as part of the team, has made a real difference in reducing crime and improving the quality of life for all the community.

Shortlisting criteria

  • A Special Constable who has regular personal contact with their local community. They offer a visible reassurance and improve the quality of life for local people.
  • The Special Constable cuts crime and reduces the fear of crime in their area by gathering intelligence, arresting offenders and providing practical crime prevention advice.
  • The Special Constable should be seen by the community, and their Neighbourhood Team, as an essential element of life in the neighbourhood – working in partnership with local people to make the community safer and stronger.
  • This individual demonstrates a clear understanding of the PCC’s priorities in the way they carry out their role, ensuring local people at the heart of their work.

Evidence of commendations or letters of appreciation can be submitted if applicable

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Specialist Operations Award

About the award

Specialist operations operate across Avon and Somerset, supporting their colleagues when their specialist skills are required. We are looking for an individual (forcewide) who carries out their role above and beyond what is expected of them and working effectively as part of a team.

Those who can be recognised in this category include (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Dog Handlers
  • Mounted Officers
  • Roads Policing Officers
  • Firearms Officers
  • NPAS Officers
  • Catch and Disrupt Officers

Shortlisting criteria

  • This individual provides reactive and proactive overt policing capability above and beyond what is expected of them.
  • This individual is highly trained, well disciplined and is a dedicated and professional team member, supporting their colleagues when they need it.
  • This individual, where possible, pursues opportunities to build relationships and effectively engages with the local communities of Avon and Somerset.
  • This individual demonstrates a clear understanding of the PCC’s priorities in the way they carry out their role, ensuring local people at the heart of their work.

Evidence of commendations or letters of appreciation can be submitted if applicable

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Policing Team of the Year

About the award

Teamwork is the glue that binds the joint efforts of individuals together and is fundamental to the success of our collaborative efforts.

Those who can be recognised in this category include:

  • Any team (Police Officers, Police Staff, Specials, Police Support Volunteers etc.)

Shortlisting criteria

  • This team demonstrates excellence in a particular policing discipline, role or duty.
  • This team of individuals exemplify the Constabulary’s values: public first, to be professional, friends and interested, today’s business today and quality counts.
  • This team has/works effectively together towards achieving a positive outcome and in doing so improves local people’s confidence in policing.
  • This team of individuals demonstrates a clear understanding of the PCC’s priorities in the way they carry out their role, ensuring local people at the heart of their work.

Evidence of commendations or letters of appreciation can be submitted if applicable

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