A COUNTY-wide search for the police officer of the year has been launched by Derbyshire Constabulary.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon is appealing for people in the Ashbourne area to nominate an officer they believe has performed well during the last 12 months.
Awards will be presented to Derbyshire’s Police Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony in the summer.
Mr Creedon is also looking for nominations for the best Safer Neighbourhood Team in the county and the best Police Community Support Officer.
He said: “I am sure we will have a lot of nominations for all three awards.
“We have had a wondeful response from the public in the past and praise for officers has come from all age groups and all areas of the community.
“I am delighted that so many of Derbyshire’s police officers and police syagg are held in such high esteem by the people they serve.”
The county’s most popular bobby has been chosen each year since 1986 when the then Chief Constable, Alan Smith, provided a large silver cup to be awarded yearly to the winner.
The contest for the Chief Constable’s Cup is open to anyone serving in the force, including officers working on community beats, with young people, traffic, general patrol, CID or in any other department. Any police officer is eligible for nomination. The winner will take part in the National Community Police Officer of the Year award.
The award for Safer Neighbourhood Team was introduced by former Chief Constable, David Coleman in 2003 along with the award for best PCSO in 2007. The winners will be selected by a panel of judges and nominations can be submitted online at www.derbyshire.police.uk.