Awards for Bourne PCSO and former Spalding Estates officer
Two local officers were honoured at the the Chief Constable’s Awards, held at Lincolnshire Police Headquarters.
Special Constable Alastair Cowie received the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal and Constable Craig Lockton the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
Officers, staff and members of the public were recognised for professionalism, dedication, bravery and outstanding contributions to policing at Chief Constable Bill Skelly’s awards.
PC Lockton has worked between Spalding and Holbeach since 2003 after transferring form the Metropolitan Police, which he joined in 1999.
He became a Community Beat Manager in May 2010, looking after the Spalding Estates beat until last year when he undertook a new venture working directly with South Holland District Council.
In the last year PC Lockton has worked tirelessly as a founding and leading member of the Operational Partnership Team with the council and other partners to address anti-social behaviour and local crime issues.
His experience and effort has proved invaluable in solving all manner of anti-social behaviour. One of the best examples of this was his contribution to a 60 per cent year-on-year decrease in anti-social behaviour in Crowland.
PC Lockton is by far the most experienced neighbourhood policing officer in the area and is held in high regards by his colleagues, partners and supervisors. He is popular with the public and known by many in Spalding. He is a source of advice and information to colleagues within neighbourhood policing, other departments and partner agencies alike.
Holbeach teacher Special Constable Cowie is an outstanding officer who has supported the local policing team in Bourne since 2016, following six years’ service as a Special Constable with Bedfordshire Police, making a total of nine years' service
SC Cowie is an integral part of the Bourne team Bourne and has supported response when staffing has been challenging and regularly makes himself available to support the policing of community events in Bourne and The Deepings.
He regularly supports the Mini Police scheme in his ‘day job’, transferring his knowledge gained as a Special Constable to support young people in his local area.
SC Cowie sets a precedent for all Special Constables, not just for his outstanding commitment to the role, but for his passion, enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication to Lincolnshire Police and the community of Bourne.
Chief Constable Skelly said: “The awards are held to recognise the outstanding achievements of our officers and members of the public.
“We are a family force and this was a great opportunity to say thank you to our officers, police staff, volunteers and members of the public.
“In this force we talk about policing with PRIDE; that is Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Empathy, and these awards show some of our police staff who have demonstrated what it means, in reality, to police with PRIDE.”