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 have now closed for this year’s award. The Commissioner is now considering the nominations and the winner will be revealed at the Chief Constable’s Commendations Ceremony in Leamington Spa in November.
Role of honour
2018 – Robin Bunyard
Last year, Robin Bunyard from Rugby was recognised for his work over more than 25 years as a vehicle-recovery contractor for Warwickshire Police, providing facilities, support and guidance in all matters vehicle-related.
Over and above this he supplies Warwickshire Police with vehicle examination facilities at no cost, as well as giving disposal vehicles for free, which the force uses for officer training exercises. He has also been an ever-present fixture at open days and other events organised by Warwickshire Police, providing vehicle recovery displays and public demonstrations simply for the enjoyment of passing on his knowledge and enthusiasm.
This close association with the police has come at some personal cost, including a devastating arson attack on his business premises 10 years ago which was in reprisal for the work he conducts for the force.
Despite all of this, whatever has been asked of Robin and his business, he has worked tirelessly to provide.
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.