The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Policing and Community Safety is recognises of outstanding and sustained work in support of the ambitions of the objectives of the Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan. Launched in 2017, the annual award is open to police officers, PCSOs, police staff and volunteers as well as members of the public, either as individuals or as part of a team.
The winning nominee or nominees must demonstrate:-
- outstanding performance delivered over a sustained period of time;
- activity which is above and beyond what is expected of their normal day-to-day role;
- a contribution to a reduction in crime and disorder and improved community safety in Warwickshire;
- their activity supports the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan;
- and has made a real difference under challenging circumstances.
The winner is revealed by the Commissioner each autumn as part of the Chief Constable’s Awards Evening.
Nominations for the 2018 award will open in September.
Role of honour
2017 – PC Martin Rone-Clarke
The inaugural winner was PC Martin Rone-Clarke, Warwickshire Police’s Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Officer.
PC Rone-Clarke has been a key figure working with the Commissioner’s Office and key partners to help launch the new county-wide protocol which seeks to ensure a co-ordinated response to the rise in unauthorised encampments in Warwickshire over the past two years.
Over the last 12 months, PC Rone-Clarke has interacted personally with the occupants of 122 unauthorised encampments, which collectively have had more than 1,100 caravans. In identifying the best way to deal with encampments effectively, lawfully and in a fair way to both the settled and travelling communities, he has helped break down many of the traditional communications barriers that can exist.
Over the course of the past two years he has worked closely with Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety and Locality Team as well as district and borough councils across the county, while also providing a key support for police Safer Neighbourhood Teams. He has also been able to establish an effective rapport with the travelling community, which has been vital to negotiating speedier and more effective outcomes, as well as helping to gain a better understanding of the issues which lead to unauthorised encampments.