Melton police constable Chris Perry has won a ‘Beat Bobby of the Year’ award in recognition of his crime-fighting and community policing efforts.
Judges cited Pc Perry’s success and dedication in tackling drug dealing in an area of the town, a spate of burglaries and a particularly bitter neighbourhood dispute among his outstanding successes in the past year.
They also pointed to his work to help a local centre for people with behavioural problems to improve its management as well as his relationship with the community, its schools and businesses.
Pc Perry, who joined Leicestershire Police in 2012, has served as a beat officer in Melton for the past 10 years.
He said: “I am very privileged and honoured to have been nominated, never mind winning the actual award. I’d like to acknowledge the very good team of officers, police community support officers and supervisors I work with at Melton and the community that I serve and who were kind enough to nominate me for this award.
“The most important thing to come from this, in my view, is partnership working and good communication within the community.”
The Beat Bobby of the Year contest was run by the Leicester Mercury, in partnership with Leicestershire Police.
The winner was chosen by a panel of judges, whose members included Chief Constable Simon Cole, Leicester Mercury editor Kevin Booth and Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader.
Pc Perry will formally receive his title at the Chief Constable’s annual awards ceremony at Leicestershire Police’s Enderby headquarters in August.
He will receive the Guy Swatland Memorial Shield – which is named in honour of a former officer and title holder who was killed in a road accident – a crystal rose bowl, a signed certificate and a personal cheque for £250 from the Chief Constable.
The judges also said two nominees, Pcs Geraldine Beech and James Thomas, were to be highly commended.