RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING – Chesterfield – C81/09 Chief Constables Cup 05/02/09
The search for Derbyshire’s bobby of the year has started again. The Chief Constable, Mick Creedon, is asking anyone who has had dealings with the police during the past 12 months to nominate their favourite officer by writing to him. Mr Creedon is also looking for nominations for the best Safer Neighbourhood Team and Police Community Support Officer in the county. The county’s most popular bobby has been chosen annually since 1986 when the then Chief Constable, Mr Alan Smith, provided a large silver cup to be awarded each year to the winner. The contest for the Chief Constables Cup is open to anyone serving in the force, including officers working on community beats, with young people, traffic, general patrol, CID or in any other department. Any police officer is eligible for nomination. The winner will take part in the National Community Police Officer of the Year award. The awards for Neighbourhood Team and Police Community Support Officer of the Year were introduced by former Chief Constable David Coleman to highlight the fantastic work done by officers working with their partners in the community. Mr Creedon said: “I am sure we will have a lot of nominations for all three awards. We have had a wonderful response from the public in the past and praise for officers has come from all age groups and all areas of the community. I am delighted that so many of Derbyshire’s police officers and community support officers are held in such high esteem by the people they serve.”
The winner will be selected by a panel of judges, comprising members of the Police Authority, chaired by Mr Creedon. The winner of last year’s CC’s Cup was PC Douglas Eyre from Hathersage and Bradwell, Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team was named as the best team. Nicola Greenfield from Shirebrook took the title of Police Community Support Officer of the Year.
This year nominations can be submitted via the force website www.derbyshire.police.uk or sent by post to the Chief Constable at Police Headquarters, Butterley Hall, Ripley, DE5 3RS by Friday, April 10, 2009.