Constable Kevin Newburn’s dedication to vulnerable young people has earned him a nomination for Isle of Man Newspapers’ Community Police Officer of the Year Award.
Kevin, aged 46, has worked in the Youth Justice Team for five years, and its his role to make decisions for outcomes for people under 18 who have committed offences.
It’s his belief that ‘if you make changes at an early age, it can stop problems later on’.
Emma Redmayne, who works at Ballakermeen High School, said Kevin consistently provides a remarkable service to looked-after children, young offenders, children who have been identified by other agencies as in need of additional support, and young people currently not in education, employment or training.
‘Kevin’s commitment to the engagement of young people not only reduces the likelihood of discrimination, but it reduces the risk of additional barriers these young people could face,’ she said.
She also praised him for his commitment to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, as well as his voluntary work with the Youth Motor Project.
Scott Wilson came into contact with Kevin through his role as careers advisor in the Department of Economic Development’s careers service.
‘Kevin has a commitment to the island’s community and goes beyond what his job role demands, yet he never expects anything in return for the work he does.’
Scott said that asking for his assistance to help young people struggling to find work or move into education or training was one way in which Kevin goes beyond the demands of his role.
The mother of a son who has been in trouble with the police in the past said Kevin’s inspiring outlook makes a big difference to young people.
‘His being there, caring and supportive approach to situations helps show people the way to go and helps them to flourish in the right direction.’
Kevin originally joined Greater Manchester police in 1998 and has been with Isle of Man Constabularly since 2004.
He was nominated for our 2009 award by Queen Elizabeth II High School for his work with staff and pupils.
The deadline for nominations is March 14.
To make a nomination send the full name of your chosen officer, and your reasons for choosing him or her, to: Jackie Turley, Isle of Man Newspapers, Peel Road, Douglas, IM1 5PZ.
Please include your own full name, address and telephone number so we can contact you.