12th April 2021

Say thank you to policing heroes and nominate someone for a Be Proud award

Spread festive cheer and give the gift of a ‘thank you’ this Christmas by nominating your policing heroes within Bath, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Somerset for a Be Proud Award. 

The Be Proud awards highlight the very best of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, acknowledging and rewarding the dedicated officers, staff and volunteers for their hard work in ensuring the communities of Avon and Somerset are safe. To make sure those hard working police men and women are in with a chance of receiving an award at the ceremony in June, visit www.beproudawards.com and make a nomination.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “The Be Proud awards are a chance to recognise the great work of our outstanding officers, staff and volunteers who go the extra mile. I’m delighted that so many of you have taken the time to submit a nomination for the awards and we want you to continue to help us celebrate those who work around the clock to keep our communities safe. 

“We are delighted with the nominations we have received so far and look forward to receiving more examples of the extraordinary work that has taken place over the past year. It really means a lot to those you put forward so please nominate anyone you feel deserves special recognition.”

The awards recognise the outstanding work of our policing service in the following categories: Neighbourhood Officer of the Year, Response Officer of the Year, Investigator of the Year, Police Staff Member of the Year, Police Support Volunteer of the Year, Special Constable of the Year, Specialist Operations Award and Policing Team of the Year. 

Chief Constable Andy Marsh added: “The Be Proud awards are always a huge success thanks to the fantastic winners we are able to recognise. It makes me feel very proud when our communities take the time to highlight members of their policing service.

“I know how much it means to my officers, staff, volunteers and teams when you recognise their dedication, compassion and professionalism. I hope that you submit your nominations and help us recognise our policing heroes.” 

The closing date for nominations is January 27 2019. After this date an independent panel will select winners across the policing areas and an awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 12 2019 at Cadbury House Hotel, where an overall winner for each category will be announced.

More information can be found at www.beproudawards.com

More about the award categories:

Neighbourhood Officer of the Year

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 who personifies neighbourhood policing.

Response Officer of the Year

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 who makes a real difference at that first point of contact.

Investigator of the Year

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.

Police Staff Member of the Year

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 who consistently provides the highest levels of professionalism.

Police Support Volunteer of the Year

Volunteers assist 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.

Special Constable of the Year

Special Constables 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 who, as part of the team, has made a real difference in reducing crime and improving the quality of life for all the community.

Specialist Operations Award

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

Policing Team of the Year

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