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Uniformed Services Team Award

Magazine article Public Finance

Uniformed Services Team Award

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A lot has happened since Keith Lumley and Paul Brannan picked up the uniformed services team prize in the Public Servants of the Year Awards 2005.

Lumley, a superintendent with South Yorkshire Police, and Brannan, the neighbourhood safety manager for Barnsley Council, were rewarded for their joint efforts in combating antisocial behaviour and low-level criminality.

The Barnsley local partnership teams, now renamed safer neighbourhood teams, bring together council staff and police officers in a radical new take on community policing.

Each team consists of a combination of mainstream police officers, existing community workers, a school liaison officer and special constables, plus a group of environmental wardens.

The outcome has been so successful that the model has subsequently been adopted in Humberside and Sheffield, and it is now part of the Home Office's neighbourhood policing programme.

The award gave us the energy to go bigger and better,' says Lumley. 'Winning the award put it into perspective that we had achieved something big time here. …

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