community support officer wins regional PCSO award
popular member of Highbridge's police team has this week been
named as one of the region's top police officers.
Gill Bawler has been named 'PCSO Of The Year' for Somerset West
in the annual Community Policing Awards.
was instrumental in setting up the successful Highbridge Dreamscheme
(pictured above) and has also spent many years working with Highbridge
Youth Club on the town's Morland estate.
a record number of entries in the overall competition, including
407 nominations for the Police Community Support Officer of the
Year award, the judges picked six finalists across the Avon and
Somerset Police region - with Gill scooping the honours in Somerset
is now due to attend an awards ceremony on March 2nd when a single
winner for the whole police force will be announced.
Community Policing Awards encourage local people to nominate their
Neighbourhood Beat Manager, PCSO, Special Constable and Neighbourhood
not the first time that Highbridge police have been commended
for their work. In November 2008, Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
how Gill was among the beat team that received an award for helping
to cut crime and anti-social behaviour in the town.
Ian Kennett told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'm very pleased for
Gill - it's a very well deserved award. She does so much for Highbridge,
and a lot of it in her own time. This is excellent recognition
for her and the town."
Constable Colin Port added: "It is great that the public
recognise the positive contribution that the police family in
its wider sense makes."
addition to congratulating those nominated, it is important to
acknowledge the good work by others day in, day out. Everyone
should feel extremely proud of what they have achieved."