Special night for Barnsley bobbies

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A PCSO who gives up her free time to tackle issues in Barnsley town centre has been honoured.

Leanne Cooper-Goodall was named PCSO Officer of the Year for her work around the Interchange, Mandela Gardens and Bridge Street.

Bosses said she has ‘invested a lot of time, both on and off duty, dealing with anti-social behaviour and hate crime issues’.

She was also praised for helping a young drug user turn their life around.

The award for the Top Probationer Constable of the Year went to PC Adam Craven, for demonstrating ‘outstanding commitment and enthusiasm to learn and develop as a police officer’.

Bosses said: “He has consistently demonstrated a high standard of professionalism during his tutored and independent phase and has maintained an excellent standard of performance and productivity.

“PC Craven is a professional and conscientious officer who readily volunteers for any task and actively seeks opportunities to develop through experiential learning.”

John Partridge was named as Special Constable of the Year for demonstrating ‘outstanding commitment and enthusiasm’ to serving officers in Barnsley.

He was described as having provided a ‘selfless contribution to the people of Barnsley in volunteering his own time to help protect those in need’ before he was recently appointed as a full-time officer.

The Leaders in Action Outstanding Achievement Award went to Sergeant Janet Scoley for her work with students.

Bosses said she displays ‘exemplary leadership qualities’ and acts as a positive role model’ for students, co‑ordinating activities to tackle hate crime and encourage community engagement, often ‘sacrificing her own time to co-ordinate and attend community events’.

The Manager of the Year award went to Heather Scothern.

Her nomination said: “She is always willing to be flexible in order to accommodate the needs of both the district and the organisation.

“The last 12 months have been a very busy and challenging time for Heather and her team, but she has continued to deliver on a number of key areas.

“Heather has also taken the role of lead officer on several key projects designed to improve the working environment for staff at Barnsley.”