Bedfordshire Women’s Community Safety Awards

The Police & Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway presented awards at the Bedfordshire Women’s Community Safety Awards ceremony on 2 July.

The awards were created and funded by her office and delivered in partnership with the Bedfordshire Women’s Network to commemorate and create opportunities for women in the county who promote community safety and victim support and celebrate them through the hosting of an event with the network which helps advise the OPCC, Policing and public services.

“This event ran for the first time last year and I’d arranged it to not only pay tribute to all those incredible women working in our county but to mark the centenary of votes for women. In fact, we received over 7,000 pages of nominations which was a wake-up call to me that no such regular event to recognise their work existed. The OPCC now intends to make this an annual event,” said PCC Holloway.

Eight awards were handed out, voted for by the officers and staff of Bedfordshire Police.

Volunteer of the Year – 

awarded to Delphi Ellis for giving her time to the voluntary sector to support, empower and help women cope and recover. She raises awareness of projects to support women.

Education Specialist of the Year – 

awarded to Cat Magee for implementing safeguarding measures into Lincroft Academy as it changed from a Middle to a Secondary school and introducing a computer-based programme that enabled a full picture of all safeguarding and well-being issues the school population faced and allowed Senior management to effectively plan as they developed into the Secondary status.

Offender Rehabilitation Award – 

awarded to Michelle Crook for her commitment and support of ex-offenders and helping to reengage them back into society, employment and training.  She has worked with more than 500 ex-offenders in the past 12 months.

Community Group / Individual Award – 

awarded to Rumi Chowdhury – for her 25 years’ work at Luton Rights, the past ten of those as centre manager. She helps those in need and the vulnerable to access the information they need and runs an advice surgery at CYCD to help older, vulnerable adults.  She also trains and develops volunteers.

Blue Light Award – 

awarded to Caroline Goates for her dedicated work for the Fire Service in creating a network of blue light services in the county and beyond. Caroline is the “go to” person for the fire and rescue service.

Lifetime Achievement Award – 

awarded to Fiona Chapman MBE for her many years of service to Bedfordshire. She was High Sheriff of Befordshire in 2001 and was awarded an MBE in 2002 for her services to local politics. She was also the Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire in 2003. She has worked with both the police and fire authorities and chaired the Police and Crime Panel for its first five years. In addition, she found time to work selflessly for charity, for the church, and as a school governor.

Police Officer or Police Staff Award – 

awarded to Detective Constable Catherine Layton for her consistent, positive vision of detectives in the “24 Hours in Police Custody” programmes and for inspiring many women to consider policing as a career. She has also provided excellent service to victims of crime during her many years of exemplary service.

Woman of the Year Award – 

awarded to Roseann Taylor - Roseann’s only son, Azaan Kaleem, was murdered in Luton in March 2018 and since that time Roseann has worked tirelessly to educate and campaign against knife crime and the consequences of carrying a knife, working with young people at risk of exploitation from gangs. She has appeared on television and has participated in meetings with senior police and politicians. Roseann is currently working through a restorative justice process with one of the men jailed for her son’s murder.

A special award 

was also given to the team behind the Mental Health Hub for its work in bringing the idea to life.

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