MEMBERS of the police force were celebrated for their success in their roles at a prestigious awards ceremony yesterday (May 21).

Thames Valley Police celebrated the winners of the Community Policing Awards 2019 at Eynsham Hall in Oxfordshire, where their hard-work was recognised.

The awards showcased the outstanding contribution and efforts of Thames Valley Police officers and staff, throughout the year and the positive impact they have on the local community.

Local residents, community groups, partners, police officers and staff cast their votes since January, putting forward the names of individuals they thought deserved to be recognised for their work.

Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Ross, chair of the judging panel, said: "The Community Policing Awards give residents, community organisations and businesses the opportunity to recognise a member of our force they think has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference to local people and local communities."

Some of the winners were Magda Molenda from Bracknell who won the Berkshire and Overall Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Charlotte Moule, Bracknell and Wokingham's police cadet.

As well as this, John Blewett from Bracknell won the staff lifetime achievement award and Julie Susel from Wokingham won the Berkshire Community Officer award.

Over 400 nominations were whittled down to just 14 winners.

Nikki added: "The response from residents this year was excellent and it was inspiring to see the difference the winners and other nominees are making in their communities to the everyday lives of residents in the Thames Valley.

"Selecting the winners was a difficult but rewarding experience for the panel and I would like to congratulate the winners as well as acknowledge all of the nominees for their hard work and dedication."