A THETFORD-based police officer has been named Community Officer of the Year at the annual Norfolk Police ‘Noscas’ awards.
Pc Keith Kenny is a Safer Neighbourhood Team officer based in the town, where he has worked for the last six years.
He is passionate about the place, where he grew up and lives, and has become heavily involved in local community groups, often spending time off attending meetings with them.
He is involved with the Ancient House Museum, Thetford Society’s support for the Cluneac Priory and the Fulmerstone Christian Fellowship, which is currently raising funds for young families on the Barnham Cross estate.
Pc Kenny has also helped re-invigorate Thetford’s Pub Watch Scheme.
He said: “It’s all about long- term problem solving, the stuff you cannot solve overnight and it’s about working with partners and the community and having time to follow things up. It is also about engaging with youngsters.
“I was very pleased to get the award and it is good for Thetford.”
Pc Kenny said that prior to the formation of Safer Neighbourhood Teams, Thetford had a community action team set up by Sgt Steve Burke and Insp Tim Peacock. Sgt Burke also received the same award as Pc Kenny.
He said: “SNT as far as I’m concerned is not just policework. It’s all agencies, community groups and, residents’ associations working together.”
Among the nominating comments received was one which stated: “Pc Kenny deserves the award because he cares for the community and goes the extra mile for anyone who needs him to.”