Nominations open for police officer of year

Previous nominees Cathryn Bradley and Kathryn Giles.

Previous nominees Cathryn Bradley and Kathryn Giles.

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The opportunity to give your favourite bobby a well-deserved pat on the back for effort in the community is here again.

Nominations are being invited for the Isle of Man Newspapers Community Police Officer of the Year Award 2014.

This award is a chance to highlight the work done by your favourite officer.

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

Isle of Man Newspapers editor Richard Butt said: ‘We are delighted to be able to relaunch the Community Police Officer of the Year Award.

‘Our police officers play a vital role in maintaining the island’s enviable reputation as a safe and secure place to live, work and raise a family.

‘They are truly on the front line, often placing themselves in danger to protect the public.

‘But often their everyday work goes unnoticed – but is just as important for the communities they serve.’

Mr Butt added: ‘It’s for this reason that we have decided to relaunch the award, to recognise the unstinting service of officers within the Isle of Man Constabulary.

‘We look forward to receiving your nominations – and it will undoubtedly be a very difficult task to pick the winner.’

Every officer nominated will be given recognition of their outstanding efforts with a story in the Examiner or its sister titles.

After the nominations deadline, a judging panel at Isle of Man Newspapers will face the difficult task of choosing the winner.

The winner of the prestigious title will receive the sought-after bronze trophy at the Chief Constable’s annual awards ceremony, taking place in April. Officers can be of any rank in the force and officers who have been nominated in previous years can be put forward again.

Previous winners have come from a range of ranks and have been nominated for a variety of reasons.

Volunteer special constable officer Tom Barklie was billed ‘the best policeman ever’ by youngsters from Douglas Youth Club.

Meanwhile, Constable Stuart Clague was nominated by a victim of crime for his professionalism and politeness.

The latest winners were Sergeant Cathryn Bradley and Constable Kathryn Giles. They were nominated by the manager – and 50 clients – for their dedication to Age Isle of Man’s day centre in Ramsey.

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, or email Please include your own full name, address and phone number so we can contact you.

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