THE search to seek out the best in local policing across Avon and Somerset has once again begun as the Neighbourhood Policing Awards are launched for 2014.

Following the success of last year’s awards, which received over 500 nominations from local people, Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Acting Chief Constable John Long are asking residents for help in finding the ‘Best on the Beat’.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted to be announcing the launch of this year’s Neighbourhood Policing Awards. These awards mean so much to the officers, staff and volunteers who work hard to keep us safe, as they are essentially a huge well done and thank you from the people they serve.

“The Neighbourhood Policing Awards give residents and local people the chance to recognise and reward their local neighbourhood policing teams and volunteers. We once again hope that the nominations come from far and wide, highlighting why your local policing teams are so special to you.”

The awards recognise the outstanding work of the Neighbourhood Policing teams and individuals in the following categories: Neighbourhood Beat Team of the Year, Neighbourhood Beat Manager of the Year, PCSO (Police Community Support Officer of the Year), Special Constable of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and the Outstanding Customer Service Award.

Acting Chief Constable John Long said: “Our officers strive every day to ensure the communities they serve are safe and continue to feel safe. The Neighbourhood Policing Awards are held in recognition of the continued hard work and commitment to the public by our officers.

“If you know a police officer, PCSO, special constable or neighbourhood team who has helped you to feel safe in your home or area, perhaps by tackling a problem which matters to you, then please nominate them for these awards.”

To nominate and see photos from last year’s awards visit – the closing date is August 4, 2014. Nomination forms are also available in police stations and libraries.

After this date an independent panel will select winners across the policing areas and an awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Cadbury House Hotel where an overall force winner for each category will be announced.