A senior member of the Crumlin Neighbourhood Policing Team who has been described as ‘conscientious’ and ‘knowledgeable’, has been shortlisted in the annual Policing with the Community Awards.
Constable Stephen Gill has been nominated in the Police Officer of the Year category, in which he is competing against other nominees from across Northern Ireland.
He will discover on October 23 if he is among the award winners.
Supporting the nomination, a local civic leader said: “Constable Stephen Gill is one of the most conscientious, experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated policemen I have ever had the honour to be associated with.
“Stephen takes his job seriously and always goes that extra mile for those in the community.
“He is well-respected and received within the entire community.
“His dedication to duty is one of Stephen’s greatest assets and his pleasant nature compliments his ability to achieve such high standards.”
Constable Gill has been commended for knowledge and contacts in the local communities that have been described as ‘second to none,.
He has also been lauded for his readiness to share the benefits of both with his colleagues.
During his service he has received numerous commendations, including an award from the community in Crumlin in 2011 - the ‘Randox Role-Model of the Year’ accolade.
Chief Superintendent Chris Noble, of the Service Improvement Department, said the awards scheme was designed to encourage and reward officers and staff who delivered the highest possible standards of policing.
He said the categories covered a broad spectrum of policing activity, with a particular focus on how policing was meeting the needs and priorities of local communities
He added: “I am pleased that two of the awards, ‘Police Officer of the Year’ and ‘Neighbourhood Policing Team of the Year’ are open to nominations from the public.” Discussing the awards, Superintendent Michele Larmour, Deputy D District Commander, said brilliant work was being done and ought to be recognised.
“In today’s fast-paced world,” she said. “I feel it is important to take time out from busy schedules to recognise the effort that officers go to, to ensure that the public remains safe and free of crime and the fear of crime.
“Many local policing initiatives have been undertaken throughout D District by officers and staff which have made a real difference to the people they serve.
“It is appropriate that this is recognised.
“There is some brilliant work going on and this is a chance to point out when things have gone especially well.”