A Vale police community support officer (PCSO) has been hailed the best in the county for her outstanding work.
Wing-based officer Jackie Dodson said she was ‘totally shocked’ to be named Bucks’ PCSO of the year in the Community Policing Awards 2012.
Ms Dodson, 55, said the award came ‘out of blue’ after she returned home from holiday to be told of her success.
She has worked in the role since 2006 after being encouraged to take it up by her son, who works as a police officer, and says she absolutely loves the job.
Ms Dodson said: “I enjoy being out and about in communities and being able to help people.”
Her duties include welfare visits to elderly people and dealing with neighbourhood disputes. Before joining the force she was a care worker for 20 years.
She says the little issues are often the most important to people. Ms Dodson said: “Low level things really do upset people, even something like a parking issue.”
The awards recognise the efforts of Thames Valley Police’s neighbourhood policing teams.
Ms Dodson said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to all the people that nominated me. I am sure there were equally a lot more deserving people nominated for this, so to be chosen overall is absolutely wonderful.”