Dorset Police Officer of the Year Announced
The county’s ‘Officer of the Year’ was announced this weekend at The Dorset Rotary Police Community Awards 2015 in Bournemouth.
Police Constable Julian Humphries, of East Dorset’s Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), was awarded first place at the ceremony which took place at Meyrick Hall on Saturday 25 April 2015.
Police Sergeant Dave Kewley, of Bournemouth’s SNT, and Police Constable Scott McGregor, of Bridport’s SNT, were awarded second and third places respectively.
The event, hosted by Ferndown Rotary Club, saw the three Dorset Police employees awarded for their outstanding work within the community.
Dorset’s Chief Constable Debbie Simpson and Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill presented the three awards in front of the guests, including the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, the Mayors of Bournemouth and Ferndown and Dorset Rotary District Governors Mike Jackson and Judy Barnard-Jones.
22 of Dorset’s 31 Rotary clubs nominated one serving police officer, Police Community Support Officer or Special Constable from across the Force.
The nominees were then judged by an independent panel against the following five criteria:
- Displays very high standards of professionalism.
- Performs significant acts of courtesy, kindness and understanding.
- Handles complex and difficult situations with humanity.
- Excellence in a particular policing discipline, role or task.
- Demonstrates a significant act of bravery/courage.
Police Constable Julian Humphries joined Dorset Police following a career in the armed forces. He is held in high regard by members of the public who live in the Heatherlands area. He is known for his involvement in local charities, in particular the ‘Bus Stop Club’, a small local charity based in the estate in Ferndown.
PC Humphries started work in the area about ten years ago, when crime and anti-social behaviour was a problem in the area, and spearheaded the improvements seen there today. Crime has dropped to an all-time low and there is an active youth shelter and BMX track and people feel able to talk about issues to the police.
He continues to support local clubs and the Neighbourhood Watch, regularly knocking on residents’ doors for a chat. He was recently called ‘The most helpful police officer I have ever encountered’ by a resident.
On winning his award, PC Humphries said: “It is a great honour to be recognised, not only by the Force, but by an external organisation too.
“It’s a privilege to work within the communities that I do and I’m proud to have played a part, alongside local agencies, in making these improvements.”
Police Sergeant Dave Kewley joined the Force in 2002. He leads Operation Furlong which tackles street dealing of class A drugs in Boscombe. His work has caused significant disruption to those involved in drugs and communities have reported a reduction in not only drug related crime, but also the amount of associated anti-social behaviour which comes with it.
Since October last year his work has achieved: Over 250 arrests for drug related matters, 12 positive Misuse of Drugs Act warrants, 10 street passive drug dog operations, 120 people reported for traffic offences, the seizure of 60 vehicles, over 300 wraps of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of £3000, over 500 wraps of heroin with an estimated street value of £5000 and over £25,000 in cash and assets.
PS Kewley said: “I’m extremely grateful for this recognition and I hope it serves to reassure the community of Boscombe that work is being done to target anyone involved in the use and distribution of controlled drugs.
“We are also working with our partner agencies to try and support those people suffering with addiction.
“Operation Furlong focuses on issues surrounding both supply and demand of controlled drugs and it’s a process that takes time, however, I am confident that this work will make a significant impact to Boscombe and its local residents.”
Police Constable Scott McGregor joined Dorset Police in 2004, transferring from Thames Valley Police after active service in the army. He has been the Safer Neighbourhood Officer responsible for the Bridport town area for ten years. His popularity and personal skills have reduced both crime and the fear of crime and he has developed excellent contacts with residents and partners in the town, which allows him to communicate with all levels of the community to resolve issues.
He is the police lead with licensed premises in the town and has been the driving force behind the successful and expanding Bridport & Area Pubwatch Scheme which has seen a decrease in alcohol related crime in the town.
Following PC McGregor’s proactive use of numerous anti-social behaviour orders alongside other legislation and the obtaining of search warrants, he successfully obtained the first crack house closure in the High Court for Dorset Police.
Regarding his award, he said: “I was deeply honoured just to be nominated and I am speechless that the judges thought I deserved anything more – thank you Bridport Rotary for the nomination and thank you Bridport.”
Dorset Police Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “I’m immensely proud of all our officers in Dorset and it’s events like this that allow us to take the time to recognise those who really give something back to the community.
“It can be easy for these outstanding acts to go unnoticed and I am truly grateful to the Rotary Club for recognising the work of our police officers, staff and volunteers.
“The awards presented this evening represent the work done across Dorset every day to make it such a safe place.”
Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "It is vital we recognise officers and staff who go above and beyond in ensuring our communities are safe and these awards celebrate that. Dorset is one of the safest places to live in the UK and this wouldn't be the case without the dedication, commitment and hard work, officers display every day across our county. I would like to commend the three officers who received awards and congratulate the other 19 officers who were nominated."
The Ferndown Rotary Club and Mr Underhill decided to run this programme to bring awareness to some of the more extraordinary work carried out by officers and staff in the county. Dorset is the first county to trial this programme, which is expected to expand across the nation next year.
Derrick Powell, President of Ferndown Rotary club, said: “We thought it was high time that there was an event that recognised not only the good work done by the police force in Dorset but also the excellence of the people in the Force.
“They are the people who, despite sometimes in very difficult and/or dangerous circumstances, provide a valuable public service that can be taken for granted.
“At the very least, all the Rotary clubs in the county would want this award to become an annual Dorset event, at best we will do all we can to ensure that it progresses to becoming a national one.”
Issued: 28 April 2015