PCSOs' awards for putting us in the Big Picture

Divisional commander praises their work on community event

Police Community Support Officers have won an award for their organisation of a new community event in Shefford.

PCSOs Rachel Keen and Gill Richardson, who are part of the Shefford Safer Neighbourhood Team, have been given a divisional commander's recognition award from Chief Supt Andy Frost.

They were nominated for the award for their part in organising The Big Picture, which was held last year with the aim of finding out what issues residents in Shefford have and what can be done to improve the town.

The event had been tried elsewhere in the county but this was the first one held in Mid Beds and due to its success it will now be rolled out in other towns.

PCSO Keen said: "I was really pleased when I found out I had been nominated. We just received an email from our superintendent saying he wanted to see us, so we had no idea what it was about.

"We were both really pleased and shocked when we found out we were called there for an award, it's a real honour to be recognised for our work."

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