Photo: Chairman of Wychavon District Council, Councillor Liz Eyre, along with Police Constable Richard Rees.
This year’s award went to Wychavon’s Police Constable and Droitwich’s Safer Neighbourhood Officer, Richard Rees, for displaying exemplary professionalism and persistence in reducing risks to the community.
Richard was nominated for his dedication to Westland’s most vulnerable. Whilst listening to the community’s concerns, Richard gathered a true picture of the estate’s problems and raised these concerns with colleagues, enabling him to take action and protect those at risk through effective legislation and partnership work.
Through his patience, Richard obtained warrants and made arrests, removing drugs from the streets. Taking personal responsibility and acting in his own nature, Richard won the trust of the community and supported them, showing fairness and a skill for communication.
Chairman for Wychavon, Cllr. Liz Eyre, said: “I was extremely pleased to present Richard with this award; his commitment to his work is evident in everything that he does. It’s great to see that he is having a positive effect on the community.”
Inspector Gareth Morgan said: “PC Rees has demonstrated his desire to ensure that Wychavon remains a safe place to work, visit and live. He has listened to principal community concerns and acted on these by way of multi-agency enforcement days. The nomination reflects his commitment to the people of Wychavon.”
The award was presented at Richard on 13 December at Full Council.