Police staff and volunteers praised at awards ceremony
Police officers, PCSOs and volunteers from Street and Glastonbury were recognised for their hard work and achievements at an awards ceremony last week.
The event was held to celebrate the work of the Special Constabulary and police volunteers and pay tribute to the hundreds of hours of their time they give to supporting the work of the police.
The ceremony also recognised the efforts of regular officers, who were nominated for awards by both specials and regular officers.
The event was attended by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and senior officers from the district.
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The awards presented included awards for Officer, PCSO and Team of the Year in South Somerset and Mendip as well as Special Constable and Volunteer of the Year.
Officer of the Year was PC Tony Brooks of Somerton and PCSO of the Year was Tim Richards, from Street.
Volunteer Awards went to Gary Knight of Street for his work as a Community Support Volunteer in Glastonbury, Hugh Bulpitt of Street for his work as a Community Support Volunteer, Barry Knowles of Somerton for his work in relation to Neighbourhood Watch in Somerton and Walter Antonello of Street for his work in relation to the Young People Have Got Talent competition in Mendip.
District commander Chief Superintendent Nikki Watson said: "All these awards are very well deserved and I would like to congratulate all the recipients."
She added: "Every day of the year, police officers, PCSOs, Special Constables, volunteers and police staff work tirelessly to prevent crime, catch offenders and make the streets and communities of Avon and Somerset safer places to live and work in.
"We can't recognise and reward everyone unfortunately but I am delighted that we have been able to highlight just some of the teams and individuals from the district to thank them for the fantastic work they do."
Speaking after the event, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "I would like to congratulate all the winners. They deserve the recognition for their extraordinary effort and should be really proud of their achievements."