Charlotte wins officer of year award
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.