A WHITBY Police Community Support Officer has been awarded the prestigious title of PCSO officer of the year.
Ann Burton received the title of Safer Neighbourhoods PCSO of the year for North Yorkshire and Scarborough and Ryedale at an awards ceremony held at Police Headquarters in Newby Wiske.
PCSO Burton works within the Streonshalh ward of Whitby, which includes the Helredale area, which was listed in the worst 20% in The Indices of Multiple Deprivation list.
Her Commander Superintendent, Javid Ali, said he is extremely proud to have her in his command and her award is in recognition of her value to our service.
Mr Ali said: “These areas can at times be challenging to policing and to developing community trust.
“But, this trust has been amply achieved by Ann and clearly demonstrated by the several nominations received from members of the public who live in her ward.
“She has achieved this trust by simple yet effective daily working, she spends time listening to community problems and then acts by instigating practical solutions to the issues and providing regular updates and support.”
PCSO Burton deals with a variety of issues in her day to day job including underage street drinking, anti-social behaviour, parking disputes and is heavily involved with the community centre.
As part of her job, she needs to be visible in her area and act as a point of contact for members of the public and must have a good knowledge of what is going on.
PCSO Burton said: “It was such a lovely surprise, I would like to thank the people who nominated me and took the time to put pen to paper.
“It’s nice to know you’re appreciated by the community that you serve.
“I was also lucky enough to be selected to form a small group of 12 officers who attended a question and answer session with the Policing Minister Nick Herbert on 6 July.
“Mr Herbert was just in North Yorkshire for the day – the meeting took place at Acomb Police station on the 6th.”
PCSO Burton is described by her supervision as being well-known, respected and trusted by the community; and the local community describe her as being a pleasure to have around and always approachable.
Mr Ali added: “Her award is not based on any one single ‘high profile’ project or initiative; but rather it is based on the consistency of her day to day work ethos of serving the community of her ward.”
She has been entered into the national awards and will attend the Police Review magazine Gala in London in November.