Bridgwater policeman wins Neighbourhood Beat Manager of the Year for Somerset (From This is The West Country)
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Bridgwater policeman wins Neighbourhood Beat Manager of the Year for Somerset
A POLICEMAN from Bridgwater has been crowned Neighbourhood Beat Manager of the Year for Somerset.
Anthony Freeman was nominated for the prestigious title in this year's Neighbourhood Policing awards for his work with the YMCA and the local community.
He was nominated by Martin Hodgson, chief executive of the Bridgwater YMCA, for his commitment to the safety and support of people using the facility, understanding the needs of the wider community and his work with young people.
Mr Hodgson said: “I have known PC Tony (Tex) Freeman for over seven years. He is a well-respected and trusted officer who the community feel comfortable approaching and engaging with.”
PC Freeman, who also received the honour of being Highly Commended for the awards, worked with young people, their parents and the community to address concerns and help prevent anti-social behaviour.
Mr Hodgson added: “He has provided a vast amount of support to the ward by creating positive and lasting working relationships with residents, local businesses, partner agencies and schools.
“He is a very visible face in his community and devotes a great deal of his spare time to local initiatives.”
The annual Neighbourhood Policing Awards were organised jointly by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
Chief constable Nick Gargan said: “I'm really proud of all the winners this year and delighted that credit has been given where it's due.”
The overall winner for Avon and Somerset in the 'Neighbourhood Beat Manager of the Year' category was PC Adrian Secker, of Bath Station.
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