Top achievers gain awards

PC Melvyn Spurr receives his award from Coun Rose McNeely, Mayor of Rotherham.

PC Melvyn Spurr receives his award from Coun Rose McNeely, Mayor of Rotherham.

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The 2010 top performers in South Yorkshire Police’s Rotherham district have been recognised.

A Lifetime Achievement in Policing Award went to Wath-based PC Melvyn Spurr, who has worked as a Neighbourhood Patrol Group and a Community and Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) officer.

He was praised for his excellent rapport with community members, and for his outstanding knowledge of families, community groups and offenders. Melvyn also promotes an activity programme for young people.

Officers from Wentworth South Safer Neighbourhood Team picked up several accolades, with Rawmarsh PCSOs commended for Leadership in a Supporting Role.

Their work included seizing over 300 units of alcohol, with 116 young people referred to alcohol awareness workshops; working with officers from the courts to arrest over 80 people and recover over £40,000 in unpaid fines; delivering over 7000 SmartWater kits to residents and sourcing almost £10,000 in funding for local projects.

PCSO of the Year was Richard Kearney for his work in supporting community organisations and voluntary groups and tackling local priority issues, such as criminal damage and antisocial behaviour.

He helped to raise funds for the £70,000 BMX and skate park at Rosehill, Rawmarsh, and his operational work has resulted in fewer calls to the police.

Winners in the main categories were:

* Leader in Action – Acting Insp Suzanne Snowden

* Leader in Efficiency – Sharon Birkett and Andy Lee

* Leadership in an Operational Role – Special Constabulary Sgt Craig Batham

* Excellence through Partnership – Jennifer Swales and Terrence Quinn (RMBC),

* Leader through Innovation – PC Michelle Payne

* Diversity in Action Team Award 2010 – Rotherham South Safer Neighbourhood Team.