Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rewarding the Unsung Heroes on Front Line of Crime

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rewarding the Unsung Heroes on Front Line of Crime

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Byline: Sara Nichol

UNSUNG heroes at the forefront of tackling crime and anti-social behaviour have been nominated for national awards. Northumbria and Durham police forces have officers shortlisted for the annual Jane's Police Review Gala Awards, thought of as the policing equivalent of the Oscars.

Insp Mick Todd, who was part of the Wallsend Neighbourhood Policing Team, in North Tyneside, but left last year to take up a post as Chief Inspector and head of North Northumberland's neighbourhood policing teams, has been nSara Nichol ominated as Community Police Officer of the Year.

The shortlist spot comes in light of Chief Insp Todd's work in addressing youth and alcohol-related crime and disorder in Wallsend where he researched the root causes, then changed shift patterns for the area to ensure police officers were on duty when crime was highest.

As a result, overall crime fell by a third and anti-social behaviour by 18%. Chief Insp Todd also set-up diversionary activities from bicycle repair to street dance, worked with local off-licences to promote responsible selling and arranged conflict management training for local shopkeepers. A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "Chief Insp Todd's personal skills include the ability to consider issues holistically with a long-term perspective.

He is articulate, approachable, cheerful and has an infectious sense of humour, while being determined to see a project through."

Nominated in the same category is Durham Police's PC David Williamson, neighbourhood beat officer for East Teesdale and Gaunless Valley, both in County Durham.

The force said "highly motivated" PC Williamson received his place on the shortlist because of his work in helping to tackle burglary, criminal damage and speeding. He gathered community intelligence and executed a warrant on a man dealing the banned drug mephedrone with an estimated street value of pounds 5,000. …

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