Beat Bobby of the Year 2013: Time to vote for top Leicestershire Pc
All too often they are the unsung heroes who lead from the front in the fight against crime – but now is your chance to help beat bobbies win the recognition they deserve.
The Leicester Mercury is inviting readers to send in nominations for the title of Beat Bobby of the Year 2013.
If your beat bobby has made a difference to life in your neighbourhood, whether it is in the inner city, a town or village, the competition organisers want to hear from you.
The winner will be selected later this year by a panel of senior officers and Mercury representatives.
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Chief Constable Simon Cole said: "The Beat Bobby of the Year award is a chance for residents across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to nominate their beat officer and recognise them for the work they are carrying out in their community, helping to tackle the issues that matter most to them.
"Officers who have been nominated in the past feel a great sense of achievement knowing their community believes they deserve the award and it's brilliant we have the support of the Leicester Mercury.
"If you think that your beat officer does an exceptional job in making you feel safe in the place you live or work, then please think about recommending them for the 2013 award."
Current title-holder Pc Sean Hannigan was singled out for his crime-fighting and community policing on a patch which covers villages such as Desford, Botcheston, Newtown Unthank, Barlestone, Osbaston and Nailstone.
Pc Hannigan, based at Market Bosworth police station, said: "It's all about making a difference for people, that's why all of us do this job.
"But we are a team and I can't do my job without the support of the community and all of my colleagues, whether that's the other officers, the people in the control room or all of the back-office staff.
"Without all those people I couldn't do the easy bit, which is being the face of Leicestershire Police in this area."
Pc Hannigan was a special educational needs teacher before he joined the force 13 years ago.
Before taking up his post, he worked in a variety of roles in Leicester, Hinckley, Melton and Rutland.
Samantha Blake, Leicestershire Police's awards and events co-ordinator, said: "It's an exciting time.
"This is an opportunity for members of the public to get behind their beat officers and recognise the value of the great work they do."
The Leicester Mercury will run profiles of officers who are put forward for the award.
The winner will be announced in the summer. He or she will be presented with a crystal rose bowl and will go on to represent the force at a national final in London.
How to nominate
To ensure your beat bobby gets the recognition he or she deserves, send in a written nomination.
In the entry, include as much information as possible to show why your bobby is the best.
You must include the officer’s full name, collar number and station, plus your name, full address and a daytime phone number.
Send nominations to: Beat Bobby of the Year, Samantha Blake, events and awards co-ordinator, Executive Support Services, Leicestershire Police Headquarters, St John’s, Enderby, Leicester LE19 2BX.
Nominations must be received by Thursday, March 28.
Alternatively, e-mail your nomination to: