Recent success stories continue to come from the East Cleveland Neighbourhood Policing Team headed by Insp Charlie Bell. At the recent Annual Neighbourhood Policing Awards ceremony held at Ladgate Lane Headquarters several members received awards for their continued commitment to their local communities. Amongst those winners were Police Community Support Offi cer (PCSO) Paul Payne who was awarded PCSO of the year for the Redcar & Cleveland sector in recognition of his continued work and commitment to the community he has now served for the past four years. The award was given for the various projects he has implemented over that time and the close links he has built up with both young and old members of the community who continue to support him. The various projects include helping to set up a youth club with councillors and young local residents from Boosbeck, mini PCSO scheme, helping to get new steps installed at Lingdale Park with help from Lingdale year 6 school pupils and his work within other local schools.
He has helped set up fun days at Margrove Park, supported the building of new BMX and scooter tracks and continues to work with the Redcar Police Cadet programme. Not forgetting the early morning or freezing cold night patrols round his villages. The other success was from the Skelton team comprising PC John Moore, PCSO Ash Verril and PCSO Glenn Hartley who received the Neighbourhood Team Award for bringing about a reduction in criminal damage and anti social behaviour.
Insp Bell who leads the successful East Cleveland team said: “This is the result of the continued hard work and dedication shown by my offi cers to their local communities every day and a very good platform to continue our commitment in bringing an excellent service to all those we serve here in East Cleveland.” PCSO Paul Payne said: “This is great honour because it was voted for by the local communities I serve and that they have gone out of their way to recognise the work I do. I now intend to continue my commitment to them and build on the success achieved so far by all those I work with.”