Char­lotte wins of­fi­cer of year award

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - By David God­sall david.god­sall@trin­i­tymir­

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer from Lough­bor­ough has been named as Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice’s Ded­i­cated Neigh­bour­hood Of­fi­cer of the Year 2017.

PC Char­lotte Dick­ens has been recog­nised for her work with Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity, where she works tire­lessly to en­gage stu­dents and lo­cal res­i­dents in crime pre­ven­tion cam­paigns.

Char­lotte joined the force in 2007 where she worked as a re­sponse of­fi­cer, then as part of the Neigh­bour­hood Ac­tion Team, be­fore be­com­ing a Ded­i­cated Neigh­bour­hood Of­fi­cer for the Lough­bor­ough Cen­tral beat, with a spe­cific fo­cus on Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity, in Septem­ber 2011.

On re­ceiv­ing her award, she said: “I feel very hum­bled and proud to be nom­i­nated. It is a real team ef­fort and I couldn’t do it with­out the sup­port of the great PCSOs and the beat team that I work with.

“I feel very priv­i­leged to work with a univer­sity that en­gages so well with the po­lice and part­ner agen­cies and em­braces my ideas.”

In­spec­tor James White, who nom­i­nated Char­lotte for the award, said: “Char­lotte is an ex­em­plary of­fi­cer. Her mo­ti­va­tion to pro­vide an ex­cel­lent ser­vice is in­spir­ing. I am very pleased that her con­tri­bu­tion to neigh­bour­hood polic­ing has been recog­nised.”

Char­lotte recog­nises that stu­dents don’t al­ways en­gage with a leaflet or poster, and she is known for her cre­ative ways of get­ting her crime pre­ven­tion mes­sages across.

These have in­cluded help­ing to de­liver key mes­sages in pizza boxes, plac­ing bal­loons through open win­dows and doors to high­light burglary risks, and us­ing bill­boards and elec­tronic traffic signs on the route be­tween the univer­sity and main ar­eas of stu­dent hous­ing to en­sure that the crime pre­ven­tion mes­sages grab at­ten­tion.

In­spec­tor Dwight Barker, Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Lead for Lough­bor­ough, said: “Char­lotte is ex­actly what is re­quired in a Ded­i­cated Neigh­bour­hood Of­fi­cer. She forms ex­cel­lent work­ing re­la­tion­ships with part­ners en­abling ef­fec­tive and pro­duc­tive mul­ti­a­gency prob­lem solv­ing, but also builds sim­i­lar re­la­tion­ships with the pub­lic, in­creas­ing pos­i­tive en­gage­ment with our di­verse com­mu­nity.”

Manuel Alonso, di­rec­tor of stu­dent ser­vices at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity, said: “We feel re­ally lucky to have Char­lotte as our beat of­fi­cer. She works re­ally hard to es­tab­lish a rap­port with stu­dents and keep the cam­pus safe. The univer­sity con­tin­ues to move up league ta­bles na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, and she is a key part of the strong lo­cal part­ner­ships that will help to keep us at the top.”

Char­lotte was pre­sented with her award at the Chief Con­sta­ble’s Com­men­da­tion Cer­e­mony.

PC Char­lotte Dick­ens has been named Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice’s Ded­i­cated Neigh­bour­hood Of­fi­cer of the Year 2017.

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