UTTOXETER Police has been given a reason to celebrate after being honoured with a prestigious award.
The town’s police and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have netted a MORE award for their work in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The team of officers scooped the Partnership Award in the fire service’s annual awards.
The 2013 MORE Awards, held at the Stafford County Showground, saw nine awards presented to staff or local partners in honour of the work they have done for, or with, the fire service over the past year.
Chief fire officer and chief executive Peter Dartford said the awards are an important opportunity to celebrate the achievements with the service’s partners.
He said: “These awards are an important opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate the remarkable efforts and achievements of our colleagues, partners and authority members.
“However, these are just a few examples of the many extraordinary initiatives that are being undertaken across our organisation on a daily basis – within an increasingly challenging environment – and which consistently deliver positive improvements to the lives and wellbeing of local people.”
Uttoxeter Police and PCSOs took the Partnership Award sponsored by Kier plc for their excellent relationship with local firefighters.
Officers regularly call into the station to exchange information or discuss their concerns about vulnerable residents and this has led to many successful referrals for free Home Fire Risk Checks.
The MORE awards were presented by Paula White, from BBC Radio Stoke.
The other winners included the Targeted Response Vehicle crew from Cannock, Arturs Gorovnovs, fund-raiser Sharron Finch, both firefighters who are based at Lichfield, Dave Atkinson – ICT department, based at Stone Headquarters, James Russell – PFI Administrator, based at Stone and David Lawrence.