TWO north Essex police officers have been named top in the county.

Essex Police officers and staff were recognised for their commitment, dedication, enthusiasm and leadership within the force at a special awards ceremony PC Rob Diss took the accolade of Community Police Officer of the Year 2008, awarded in recognition of the outstanding contribution he has made to the quality of life of residents in Frinton and Walton.

The officer liaised with other agencies in a bid to tackle local issues and establish better lines of communication between the police and the public.

CREATION The strategy was a huge success, leading to a reduction in antisocial behaviour.

PC Diss’ commitment and dedication to the towns and communities has also led to strong relationships with schools, shopkeepers and residents, strengthening his work.

The title of Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) of the Year went to Colchester-based Jacqueline Tyrrell.

PCSO Tyrrell has been involved in the creation of numerous community initiatives across Colchester, including encouraging youngsters in the region to design “theft-proof” bags, warning shoppers about con-artists and taking part in a crackdown on graffiti.

The ceremony heard how her “outstanding interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for the role” have helped solve other neighbourhood issues such as thefts and antisocial behaviour.

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