Going beyond call of duty to help licensee

WORKING OVERTIME: Special constable Andrew Graham has been nominated by Faith Cannon

WORKING OVERTIME: Special constable Andrew Graham has been nominated by Faith Cannon

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A SPECIAL constable has been recognised for going beyond the call of duty.

Andrew Graham, aged 40, has been nominated for the Isle of Man Newspapers Community Police Officer of the Year award by Faith Cannon, licensee of Castletown pub the Ship Inn.

She said that not only was he working overtime to patrol the pub – he had even helped to fix the plumbing in the men’s toilets.

‘At the moment, all the police around the south are a great crowd, all very friendly and helpful,’ Mrs Cannon said.

‘The one that stands out to me is Andrew Graham.

‘He not only does his walk through at weekends, he finds time to sit and have a chat to me, my staff and the customers.’

She added: ‘He even helped out with the plumbing in the gents toilets – which wasn’t a nice job – as well as broken windows and locks.

‘He got his uniform really filthy – he was really sweet about it.

‘He kept saying “don’t worry about it”.’

Mrs Cannon said: ‘He said we can call anytime we need him.

‘At the moment we are having a bit of difficulty with people and he’s even doing extra hours to patrol the pub for me and coming round at night-time just to make sure everything is alright.’

Mr Graham, who lives in Onchan with his expectant wife and six-year-old, has been a special constable for almost 20 years.

When asked how he felt to be nominated, he said: ‘I’m quite literally speechless.

‘I don’t understand what I have done out of the ordinary to merit it – I’m just doing something I enjoy.

‘I’m obviously very pleased but amazed as well.’

He explained he originally signed up because he wanted to join the regular police force, but was told he was too young.

Instead, he signed up as a special constable and stayed on in the role as he took professional exams at work – he is now assistant manager at IFG, in Victoria Road, Douglas.

Based with the Southern Neighbourhood Policing Team, he is on duty one night per week and when further assistance is required.

He said his role saw him doing everything that a regular police officer does, and added: ‘I enjoy doing foot patrol around Castletown.

‘All the licensees are excellent and the majority of people are great.’

• Do you know a community police officer – from any rank or force – that deserves to be nominated?

They may have gone beyond the call of duty to help you, worked closely with your local school or simply been a friendly face to turn to for a chat about local issues.

If so, the deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday (March 4).

To make a nomination, send the name of the chosen police officer, and your reasons for choosing them, to Lisa Lewis, Isle of Man Newspapers, Publishing House, Peel Road, Douglas, IM1 5PZ or email lisa.lewis@newsiom.co.im

The annual police awards ceremony will take place on March 17.

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