Nominations needed for top community cop

SUFFOLK police are seeking nominations from the public for the officer who has given the most outstanding service to their community.

Richard Cornwell

SUFFOLK police are seeking nominations from the public for the officer who has given the most outstanding service to their community.

The Sheepshanks Trophy is awarded annually and is the force's top award - and is open to both Suffolk police officers and their police staff colleagues.

The trophy is awarded in recognition of professional conduct, community commitments, including charity work and a close relationship with their beat areas, or other special meritorious service valuable for community relations.


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Nominations are taken from the public and Suffolk Police supervisory officers.

The winner will be selected by a committee, which includes a member of Suffolk Police Authority, and Suffolk Police's assistant chief constable.

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A force spokeswoman said: “The award is a public recognition of commitment to the local community.

“However, it is important to emphasise that the trophy is not restricted to officers who have a specific community liaison role.

“The diversity of the work carried out by the police service means that service to the community can encompass a wide range of activities.”

The Sheepshanks Trophy was set up in 1991 by the then chairman of Suffolk Police Committee, Captain Robin Sheepshanks.

Last years winner was PCSO Jacqueline Abbott, Police Community Support Officer for Leiston and Aldeburgh Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Closing date for nominations is Friday January 9 and anyone who wishes to nominate a member of Suffolk Constabulary personnel for the trophy should send their nomination to Inspector Ben Cook at Suffolk Police Headquarters, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 3QS.

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