Search is on for top police

mick creedon
mick creedon

DERBYSHIRE’S Chief Constable, Mick Creedon, is calling for the public 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.

The county’s most popular bobby has been chosen annually since 1986 when the then Chief Constable Alan Smith, provided a large silver cup to be awarded each year to the winner.

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, CID, or in any other department. 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 by former Chief Constable David Coleman in 2003 to highlight the work done by officers working with their partners in the community. 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.”

The winners will be selected by a panel of judges, comprising members of the Police Authority, chaired by Mr Creedon. This year, nominations for the awards can be submitted via the force website or sent by post to the Chief Constable, Police Headquarters, Butterley Hall, Ripley, DE5 3RS, by Friday, April 8, 2011.