MORE than 300 nominations have been received in Avon and Somerset’s annual policing awards.

A shortlist of neighbourhood beat teams, local beat managers, police community support officers (PCSOs), special constables, police staff and volunteers has now been drawn up and a panel of judges will meet in September to decide the winners.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted with the nominations submitted for this year’s awards.

“It means so much to know that local people want to recognise those who work hard to ensure our local communities are safe and feel safe.

“Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to nominate. I will enjoy reading the nominations to find out more about the people working hard in your area and the things that mean so much to you.”

Acting Chief Constable John Long said: “These awards are extra special to our officers, police staff and volunteers because the nominations come directly from local residents and the communities in which they serve.

“It is great to know that so many people felt passionately enough about the hard work being carried out in their areas by our neighbourhood teams and volunteers that they made the effort to nominate them for an award.

“A big thank you must go to everyone who has taken the time to nominate. It really will mean a lot to our teams and I look forward to reading about the hard work being carried out in your areas.”

On Thursday, November 13 a glittering awards ceremony will be held at Cadbury House Hotel, Congresbury.