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Safer Poole begins its search for this year's John Jay Shield winners

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. 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the award, which will be celebrated with all previous winners at The Salterns Hotel on Thursday 8 December 2016. 

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 winner, Mary Parsons was awarded the shield in recognition of her work in the community in a number of voluntary roles, including Hamworthy Neighbourhood Watch and Poole Harbour Watch. In addition to these responsibilities, Mary has chaired the Association of Poole Watches for the past two years, bringing watch groups together to support each other. Mary has been unstinting in her commitment to the association, to engage people, organise get-togethers and move things forward. 

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 to prevent or detect crimes 

The nominee can 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 Friday 11 November 2016. 

Councillor Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Borough of Poole, said: “Poole is a better place because of the many selfless individuals who work with dedication to make our communities safer. Their work can go unrecognised and so the John Jay Shield is our way of saying thank you. 

“If you know of someone who goes beyond the mark to make Poole safer, I’d encourage you to nominate them and help them get the recognition they deserve.” 

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