Just Talk Awards 2012

Merseyside Police officers, staff and volunteers were recognised for their skills, commitment and bravery at the 2012 Just Talk Awards.

A total of 19 awards were presented, including six teams and 13 individual awards including Employee of the Year and Special Constable of the Year at a ceremony at Aintree Racecourse hosted by Chief Constable Jon Murphy recently.

Four individuals were presented with a Tom Wright Award for demonstrating exceptional commitment and loyalty to Merseyside Police in the face of serious injury or illness.

Merseyside Police Authority Award – Improving Efficiency& Effectiveness

Constable Andrew Martin – Liverpool North Area, was instrumental in setting up a data sharing agreement with licensed premises called ‘Clubscan’. Without valid ID, customers are refused entry. Currently 40 premises have signed up with 15 having Clubscan installed and all seeing a drop in recorded crime. One bar has seen the volume of theft offences in one six month period going from 150 to 4.

Health and Safety Awards

Team Award Winner – St Helens Area, which has scored highly when subject to audit and inspection achieving improved “Best Practice” level for the past three years with constant improvement over the same period.

Individual Award Winner – Neil Thomas, Facilities Management, who was nominated in recognition of his enthusiasm and organisational skills in contributing to the Health, Safety & Wellbeing Programme and in developing and managing the Departmental Safety & Wellbeing Action Plan. Neil also runs monthly Safety Tool Box Talks, which help inform others of the issues and his willingness to take on additional work thus helping reduce the risk of accident, and injury.
Team of the Year – Level 1

TGAP – Tackling Gangs Action Programme – Liverpool North Area

Team of the Year – Level 2

Abusive Images Unit, Force Crime Operations Unit, which investigates offences relating to the making, possession and distribution of indecent / abusive photographs / movies of children. Working in conjunction with Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, and alongside Police Forces nationally and internationally, they have conducted over 90 investigations in the past twelve months. This has seen the arrest of 86 individuals and convictions amounting to over 24 years imprisonment.

Investigator of the Year

D/Constable Joanne Sheedy – Liverpool North Area, who works within one of the most challenging units in the Force. She has an extremely high workload and over the past year has dealt with 49 Domestic abuse Investigations, 22 Child Protection Investigations and three Vulnerable Adult Investigations. Her scrutiny of evidence, effective questioning and ability to extract information has led to a number of lengthy sentences.

Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour – Joint Winners

PCS&TO Andrew Smith – Wirral Area, whose engagement with young people has been highlighted by the reduction in recorded crime levels and messages of support from residents. Andrew has the ability to break down these barriers by his open communication style.

PCS&TO Christopher Roberts – Knowsley Area, who has displayed a great deal of enthusiasm, and consistent and relentless motivation in dealing with those involved in crime and anti-social behaviour. He has made significant contributions to the work of the dedicated team and shown great bravery when faced with confrontation and danger.

Care for Victims – Team Award

Family Crime Investigation Unit – Liverpool North, who engage with diverse and multi agency groups and deals with some of the most psychologically affected and challenging cases within the Force. The increases in Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conferences, Child Protection and Vulnerable adult referrals has been significant, yet the team continually pull together and engage with Partners to bring life changing adjustments to victims and families.

Neighbourhood Team of the Year

D5 Neighbourhood – St Helens Area, the dedicated team have produced consistent reductions in both crime and disorder for the third consecutive year. The team work in partnership with a high number of agencies and community groups. The community benefit from a strong cultural identity, which the team exploit and support to their mutual benefit.Supervisor of the Year

Sergeant Maria Hoogendyk – Knowsley Area, who has shown outstanding leadership in respect of managing a patrol section in Knowsley in 2011-2012. Despite being faced with some very significant and challenging personnel issues her management skills combined with sheer hard work and dedication have seen her lead her team to become one of the highest performing in the area.

Community Volunteer of the Year

Graham Trubshaw – St Helens Area, who has worked tirelessly to assist in many crime reduction activities, especially to raise funds to combat the theft of purses from the elderly and vulnerable. As a result of this hard work 12,000 members of the public have had their awareness raised to this type of crime, potentially reducing the number of thefts from the elderly and vulnerable.

Special Constable of the Year

Special Constable Jon Riley – Liverpool South Area. Jon has been highly motivated and pro-active during his four years with the Special Constabulary. He has an excellent record, including offences of robbery, wounding, criminal damage and theft. Jon showed his motivation and dedication during last year’s disorder working long hours assisting with station security and prisoner van duties.

Team of the Year
Liverpool North Special Constabulary. The team have completed in excess of 37,440 additional voluntary policing hours, making 266 arrests and assisting with 1,600 storm logs. They are an integral part of our Police Family and provide invaluable support for community initiatives.

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