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New Mills policing team clinch Safer Neighbourhood award

Posted on 17th June 2013

A team of police officers who dedicate their time to keeping New Mills and Hayfield residents safe have been praised for their work.

The trio – made up of PC James Taylor and PCSOs Will Brockett and Lee Baker –won the Safer Neighbourhood Team of the Year 2013 award at a ceremony on Monday, June 10.

The team clinched the award for their work tackling anti-social behaviour, cross-border criminals and drugs issues in the area, which is home to about 12,000 people.

All three were commended for engaging with emerging communities and local residents to build strong relationships and ease community tensions.

They are currently trialling a scheme using electric bikes as alternative to mountain bikes, to allow them greater access to serve the remote communities.

They were also praised for their use of Twitter to spread messages about community safety, crime prevention and witness appeals, and for working with partner agencies to serve the public in the best way possible.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “This small team use their communication skills and strengths to provide the best possible service they can.

“They are tenacious and resilient in the face of varying challenges. They are held in the highest regard and are worthy recipients of this award.”

New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team faced competition from the Hathersage, Shirebrook and North East Derbyshire South policing teams.

They won the award at a ceremony held at Derbyshire Constabulary’s headquarters on Monday, June 10.

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