Last updated at 19:04, Friday, 27 February 2009
ON the shortlist for this award is PC Ollie Hamilton, who has served as the community police officer on the Ormsgill estate for the past seven years.
He has earned the trust of the estate’s residents and raised the profile of the police in the community.
His work has been praised by Chief Constable Michael Baxter, who presented him with a Good Policing Award.
He was particularly pleased with the drugs intelligence PC Hamilton has built up through his role, which helped bring a Liverpool drugs gang to justice.
PC Hamilton has gone beyond the role expected of a community officer to become a governor at Ormsgill Primary School.
He says: “Initially people were very sceptical of the police.
“When I first went there they had a big drug dealing problem.
“I’m not saying the drug dealing problem has gone now, because I don’t think it ever will, but initially we had a lot of drug dealers infiltrate the estate and cause a lot of misery and crime related to that so I had to build up their trust and get the intelligence from locals.
“And also I did a lot of proactive stop and search of those drug suppliers.
“Sometimes it was fraught with danger but they needed to know they were coming to Barrow and we may be a small town but we were able to hit them hard and we did that.”
First published at 18:26, Friday, 27 February 2009
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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