Lyme PC is named top community cop in Dorset

PC Richard Winward is commended for his work in driving down crime

A POLICE officer who has led a successful crime crackdown in Lyme Regis has received a top award.

PC Richard Winward has been named Dorset’s Community Police officer of the Year.

He received the Michael Stannard Award from Chief Constable Martin Baker at a ceremony in Dorchester.

PC Winward is Lyme’s community beat manager, supervising two PCSOs – John Burton and Luke White.

After receiving his award, for dramatically reducing crime figures in the town, he said: “There is no doubt the forming of the Lyme Regis PACT has reduced crime and anti-social behaviour. The challenge now is to keep crime levels down and public confidence up.”

Section commander Inspector Caroline Naughton said: “PC Winward delivers outstanding performance and provides highly effective supervision to his two PCSOs.”

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* Figures at the end of September showed anti-social behaviour was down 22.2 per cent, violent crime down 40 per cent and criminal damage down 50 per cent.