Malton Police Officer Honoured at Ceremony Tonight
8:00am 26th October 2013
A police officer has been recognised for her work in the community after being nominated for a prestigious local award.
PC Jane Jones, beat manager for Malton, is shortlisted in the Local Hero category in the annual Pride of Malton and Norton awards, which will be held at The Milton Rooms in Malton on Saturday 26 October 2013.
Jane, who has been Malton beat manager for six years, is the first police officer to be shortlisted for an award.
She was nominated after leading a number of initiatives to enhance the quality of life for residents in Malton and Norton.
Jane has been instrumental in setting up Street Angels in Ryedale with seven volunteers on the verge of completing their training and due to begin patrols in Malton and Norton in November.
She also coordinates the Malton and Norton Shop Watch scheme which has helped to identify persistent offenders who target retails outlets in the area.
Jane has worked tirelessly with local partners to resurrect the Malton and Norton Pub Watch scheme which had become ineffective. The scheme now has 20 members who meet regularly and have banned eight people from licensed premises in the area. The impact has been considerable and incidents of violence and public order have been reduced.
Jane also has a key role in multi-agency problem solving at Malton Secondary School. She works with local agencies and school staff to identify vulnerable children and ensure that they don’t get drawn into offending and anti-social behaviour by offering support to them and their families. She has also recently set up a similar scheme at Malton Primary School.
She also works closely with residents at Bridge House – a facility which provides accommodation for young people. She runs a drop in service at the centre which has allowed her to build positive relationships with the residents and offer them advice – she has recently been working to educate them on drug and alcohol use along with other local agencies.
Jane also runs drop in sessions for elderly people, the local travelling community and is also working with the Safer Ryedale Partnership to set up a hub for vulnerable women.
Inspector Andy Everitt, of Ryedale Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Jane is a massive asset in promoting safer communities in Ryedale and it is an absolute pleasure for me to work alongside her on these and other initiatives.
“Jane has an excellent working relationship with the Safer Ryedale Crime and Disorder Officer and is highly regarded by her police colleagues and the community, who she has an excellent working relationship with.
“She is highly deserving of this nomination and I am delighted that the Malton and Norton Community have put her forward as one of their community heroes in this year’s awards.”
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