award for Burnham-On-Sea Police Chief Inspector Roger Tolley
Inspector Roger Tolley, the Neighbourhood Inspector for the
Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar policing sector, was presented with
a top award on Tuesday (November 1st) in recognition of his work
in boosting community relations.
He was awarded the 2011 Ray Robinson Award during a ceremony
held at Taunton Police Station.
The trophy is awarded annually to the police officer or group
of officers whom it is judged have made the greatest contribution
to community relations outside of the Bristol area.
Robinson retired from Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 1978 due
to ill health, but from his retirement until he passed away, Ray
worked tirelessly within the community, especially with those
who were mentally handicapped.
Inspector Tolley told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am very surprised
and honoured to receive this award today."
"I believe it is a reflection of the dedicated, hard-working
and outstanding police officers I have worked with across Somerset
"Without these outstanding officers, at both Taunton and
Burnham, I would not have been able to do my job or deliver the
service that our local communities deserve."
Inspector Tolley has been a neighbourhood Inspector for four
years, initially at Taunton and now at Burnham-On-Sea.
Under his leadership, he and his staff have helped reduce crime
by 17.3% at Taunton and 11.2% in Burnham-On-Sea.
This has subsequently increased the number of offenders brought
to justice by 8.4% at Taunton and 12.3% at Burnham-On-Sea.
Championing a culture of citizen focused policing within his
staff, Inspector Tolley and the Burnham policing team have also
reduced the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour by over
37% during the last two years.
the presentation, after a welcome speech made by Chief Constable
Colin Port, Chief Superintendent Daimon Tilley, District Commander
for Somerset West, read the citation before the trophy was presented
to Inspector Tolley by Ray's wife, Mrs Pat Robinson.
The citation also outlined some of Roger's other notable achievements
including providing leadership to a number of new initiatives
such as developing and promoting the use of criminal justice panels,
in order to bring effective outcomes for victims and communities.
He is also the lead manager in the High Contact Families project,
which aims to help those families who struggle to access the support
they need from public services, therefore improving their quality
of lives and reducing demand upon those agencies.
Roger has significantly increased the number of police volunteers
working at Burnham Police Station, using their support to help
victims of crime and to combat anti-social behaviour in the area.
inspirational management and guidance in respect of Neighbourhood
Policing is best illustrated by the recognition given to his members
The recognition comes in a variety of formats but particularly
in relation to his efforts in nominating his staff for awards.
Chief Superintendent Tilley added: "As his District Commander,
I would describe Inspector Tolley as an ambassador for upholding
standards and providing quality of service, which is illustrated
in the way he tackles quality of investigation issues and community
"He has been a great team player, who always responds positively,
offering sound views when asked for his opinion."
"Roger's degree of motivation, enthusiasm and sheer willingness
to work tirelessly for his local communities is second to none."
"He is just as keen and passionate now as he was when he
joined the service over thirty years ago. He is a pleasure to
work with and this award is richly deserved."