Call for Derbyshire people to nominate their favourite police officer
THE search is on for Derbyshire's best police officer.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon is asking anyone who has had dealings with the police during the past 12 months to nominate their favourite officer by writing to him.
He is also looking for nominations for the best safer neighbourhood team in the county and the best police community support officer.
Mr Creedon said: "I am sure we will have a lot of nominations for all three awards.
"We have had a wonderful response from the public in the past and praise for officers has come from all age groups and all areas of the community.
"I am delighted that so many of Derbyshire's police officers and police staff are held in such high esteem by the people they serve."
The county's most popular bobby has been chosen annually since 1986.
The contest for the Chief Constable's Cup is open to anyone serving in the force, including officers working on community beats, with young people, traffic, general patrol and CID. Any police officer is eligible for nomination. The winner will take part in the National Community Police Officer of the Year award.
The award for the neighbourhood team was introduced in 2003 to highlight the work done by officers working with their partners in the community.
And in 2007 the award for the best PCSO was introduced.
The winners will be selected by a panel of judges, including Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles, and representatives from the Superintendents' Association, Police Federation and Unison.
The winner for each category will be announced at the summer awards ceremony.
Nominations for the awards can be submitted via the force website www.derbyshire.police.uk or sent by post to the Chief Constable at Police Headquarters, Butterley Hall, Ripley, by Monday, April 8.