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Heroes wanted – Safer Poole begins its search for this year’s John Jay Shield winners

The Safer Poole Partnership is looking for the next winners of the John Jay Shield and is asking members of the public to nominate a community safety hero for the award.

The shield is presented each year to the individual or group judged to have contributed the most to making Poole a safer place.

Last year’s winners, from Poole Forum’s Safe Places team, were awarded the shield in recognition of their work with businesses and community organisations to provide places where disabled and vulnerable people can get help if they are feeling unsafe or unwell.

To be considered for the award, nominees must have contributed to at least one of the following criteria over the previous year:

  • Making Poole a safer place;
  • Building a supportive community;
  • Improving the lives of people at risk of offending or re-offending;
  • Supporting victims of crime;
  • Helping prevent or detect crimes.

They can either be a volunteer or someone employed to work in the community, provided they have gone above and beyond what is expected of them in their role.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 6 January 2016.

Councillor Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Chair of the Safer Poole Partnership Board, Borough of Poole, said: “Poole is a better place because of the many selfless individuals who work tirelessly to make our communities safer, but sadly their hard work often goes unrecognised. The John Jay Shield is our way of saying thank you. 

“If you know of someone who goes above and beyond to make Poole safer, please don’t hesitate to nominate them. We want to give them the recognition they deserve.”

For more information about the awards and to nominate someone, visit: http://www.poole.gov.uk/communities-and-people/crime-and-disorder/safer-poole-partnership/john-jay-shield/. 

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