After a long year of virtual gatherings, large-scale events have finally started to take place, most notably for us, the recent 2020 Dyfed-Powys Police Annual Awards.
We are very proud to have sponsored the Police Officer of the Year award, which this year celebrates the excellent work and achievements of PC Neil Lees, this years award winner.
PC Neil Lees, a member of the Milford Haven neighbourhood policing team (NPT) was nominated by his co-workers for his commitment to local policing and his demonstration of smart, sustainable solutions to community issues.
PC Lees has been described by his team as an ‘encouraging’ and ‘inspiring’ colleague who is a ‘very well regarded and respected officer in Pembrokeshire and seen as a role model to many.’
Milford Haven’s neighbourhood policing sergeant, Terri Harrison praised PC Lees’ dedication: “When Neil is given a task he always goes above and beyond his duty”.
Part of PC Lees’ success is his ability to communicate and support the public, his colleagues and Dyfed-Powys Police’s partners.
An example of PC Lees’ exemplary efforts is his work around Haven’s Head Retail Park, Milford Haven.
Levels of anti-social behaviour in the area were escalating, and so PC Lees set to work at resolving the issues within a problem-solving capacity, initiating change and prompting other agencies to take ownership of the issues.
Sergeant Terri Harrison said:” As Milford Haven’s then newly appointed neighbourhood policing officer, Neil worked tirelessly to make a difference, with endless hours of patrolling, regular meetings with key partners and the implementation of countless positive actions.”
His efforts paid off and the collaborations resulted in a reduction in police demand, a greater confidence in Dyfed-Powys Police among local businesses, and the longstanding resolution of the issue.
Another example of PC Lees’ work includes his work around the Fearless campaign where PC Lees educated and supported partners and third sector agencies across Pembrokeshire in the subject of crime prevention.
Sergeant Terri Harrison said PC Lees’ campaign work was: “met with much interest, enthusiasm and gratitude for the knowledge and time that he gave to care homes, secondary schools, youth justice services, and vulnerable community groups.”
Well done and thank you PC Neil Lees, and thank you Dyfed-Powys Police for allowing us to sponsor this reward.
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