Police Constable Philip Williamson, who joined Humberside Police in 2020 through Police Now’s Nationwide Graduate Management Programme, has been awarded Pupil Officer of the 12 months within the drive’s annual Excellence in Policing awards.

PC Williamson was offered with the award yesterday night (fifth Could 2022) at a drive ceremony in Scunthorpe, for his work to sort out drug dealing and associated criminality in Hull.

The award recognises the coed officer who has persistently demonstrated an understanding of the significance of constructing the belief and confidence of the general public and inserting victims on the coronary heart of their policing work. They are going to have stood out of their first two years of service as somebody with nice potential who embodies the drive values of equity, integrity, respect, professionalism and compassion.

PC Williamson, Neighborhood Beat Supervisor for Avenues Ward on the Hull West Neighbourhood Policing Crew (NPT), was nominated for the award for his work main the high-visibility medicine canine operation ‘Operation Forager’ between September 2021 and March 2022.

PC Williamson led patrols alongside key routes within the Avenues alongside officers and PCSOs, with help from different NPTs in Hull and East Driving and associate businesses together with ReNew, Hull Metropolis Council and British Transport Police. The high-visibility method allowed officers to establish individuals who could also be supplying or carrying medicine and acted as a deterrent to different potential offenders.

The operation additionally aided intelligence gathering, with officers knocking on each door within the space as a part of the drive’s ‘Humber Speaking’ initiative and collating info to focus on these partaking in felony exercise.

The operation noticed 57 cease and searches, eight hashish warnings and one hashish warning issued, and one individual summonsed for possession of amphetamines. One male was arrested for possession of Class B medicine with intent to produce, with an extra search carried out and £1,000 seized from a property believed to be linked to him. Different objects seized in the course of the operation embody unlawful cigarettes price roughly £4,500, tramadol, 20 baggage of hashish of various sizes and two knives.

PC Williamson additionally led and executed a variety of additional drug warrants at addresses across the metropolis. As well as, PC Williamson was in a position to receive a closure order on a property in his ward space following a big quantity of reviews of anti-social behaviour, felony harm and drug dealing, which had been affecting neighbouring residents. 

Police Sergeant Joanne Harvey, who nominated PC Williamson for the award, mentioned: “Since becoming a member of the Hull West Neighbourhood Policing Crew, Phil has acted as a pacesetter locally and on the crew. He has made himself out there and listened to the issues of his group and has put in place sturdy plans to ship a top quality of service that basically locations the group and victims on the coronary heart of every thing he does. His consideration to element with these plans is actually distinctive and recognised as probably the greatest within the drive.

“He has not solely organised and delivered a variety of high-profile drug associated initiatives on his ward, however he has additionally secured budgets, organized a closure order, accomplished operational orders, delivered high quality briefings to inside and exterior companions and retains his group up to date to construct their belief and confidence. He has carried out all this while nonetheless studying what the function of a police officer is all about and has developed into an distinctive officer who acts with professionalism and respect.”

Police Constable Phil Williamson mentioned: “I’ve loved the problem of organising funding, logistics and staffing for these operations, along with main them all through. While I’m aware of the problems attributable to drug dealing and anti-social behaviour locally, bettering the lived expertise for the residents of the ward has been on the coronary heart of every thing I’ve carried out.

“I’m grateful to have a particularly supportive crew, and we’ve got discovered that the evidence-based policing approaches that I’ve applied have been extraordinarily profitable throughout a variety of outcomes, and I sit up for sharing finest follow with colleagues and growing these techniques to make sure that they proceed to attain what we set out do.

“I’m actually proud to have been chosen because the winner of this award. It’s very nice that my efforts have been recognised and are appreciated. I’m grateful to my supervisors, crew members and all which have contributed to my improvement since I joined Humberside Police, as this wouldn’t have been doable with out their assist and steerage.”

Police Now’s Nationwide Graduate Management Programme is a structured, two-year programme which helps individuals to make a optimistic affect of their communities as neighbourhood cops. 

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