A police officer praised for making a real difference in Pulrose is the latest nominee for Isle of Man Newspapers’ Community Police Officer of the Year Award.
Constable Steve Lapsley was nominated by the pupils on Manor Park School’s council – who said the decision to put him forward was unanimous at the school.
It was his idea to set up Pulrose Community Council (PCC) which meets every six weeks to tackle local issues to make Pulrose a better and safer place to live and work.
Its members include representatives from the police, Douglas commissioners, Manor Park head teacher Riss Forrester, MHKs and youth workers.
The community is encouraged to raise their concerns with the PCC through its Facebook group.
The children said the PCC was making a difference – fixing up the local park and raising the proﬁle of dog fouling.
It has also helped the local church to look after the old police station and provide facilities for different groups in the community.
And they described him as being kind, generous, friendly and always having time for them.
He worked with the Fire Service to present an assembly on staying safe on Bonﬁre Night and organised a special assembly to help pupils think about how they treat each other in Anti-Bullying Week.
‘We think PC Steve Lapsley is a star and really makes a difference in Pulrose,’ the school council said.
Steve, aged 38, has been in the police force for 18 years, spending the first 10 years in Scotland.
The majority of his time in the Isle of Man Constabulary has been with the proactive unit, but for the last two years he’s been involved with community policing.
He’s been working with Manor Park School for almost two years.
Steve said that working with children in primary schools enabled the barrier between the police and the public to be broken down.
‘I’m pleased with the work we’re doing in Pulrose,’ he said.
‘It’s long overdue. I think we are now reaping the rewards of the close relationship we have with the school.’
Deadline for nominations is Friday March 14.
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