High Sheriff awards 2018

The annual High Sheriff Awards for Gwynedd and Clwyd were recently held with tribute being paid to the work of Police officers and Community Support Officers who have contributed to projects by young people in their communities. A number of personal awards were also given as well as Crimebeat Project of the Year award in both areas.

North Wales Crimebeat launched 15 years ago to support young people to develop initiatives to make a difference in their communities. Since 2002, over 200 grants have been awarded, over £90,000 has been invested in youth projects and over 20,000 young people have been supported with a diverse range of projects. The funding has helped young people to make a difference to local communities at the same time as working with local policing teams to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.


In the Gwynedd awards ceremony- which was held at Bangor University, High Sheriff Community Service Awards were given to PCSO Paula Stewart, Sgt Dana Baxter, PC Lisa Thomas, PCSO Liam Roberts, PCSO Julie Broadhead and PCSO Iona Beckmann by Prof. Sian Hope OBE, High Sheriff of Gwynedd.

Paula Stewart was nominated due to the commitment and positivity she brings to her role as a PCSO in Penrhyndeudraeth, Beddgelert and Porthmadog. She has been instrumental in arranging youth initiatives funded by Crimebeat and has several inputs to a range of community groups such as youth clubs, morning coffee meets with the elderly and young farmers clubs.


Sergeant Dana Baxter, PC Lisa Thomas and PCSO Liam Roberts were nominated for their ongoing work in relation to Operation Wax, which is aimed at tackling the problem of aggressive begging in Bangor.

PCSO Julie Broadhead has been attached to the North Wales Police community safety hub of Gwynedd North as a vulnerability officer for approximately 18 months and has developed the role into a valuable safeguarding tool. Julie’s passion and drive has helped the most vulnerable people within our communities.

PCSO Iona Beckmann has been a PCSO for eleven years and is very well known within her community in Amlwch. She has had a big impact on her local community, and her work with Caru Amlwch Group is greatly appreciated.

A High Sheriff’s personal Award was also handed to PC Dewi Owen in recognition of his work as School Community Police Officer, working with 36 schools in the Dwyfor and Soth Arfon area to deliver inputs on a number of safeguarding topics.

The Highly Commended Crimebeat project was the Crimebeat Profi Challenge Group who created a campaign that informed young people of the risks associated with using the internet. The group created a plan in which they considered the wide variety of digital networks available to all and how they could work with other agencies to strengthen the campaign.

This year’s Crimebeat Project of the Year for Gwynedd was awarded to the Caru Amlwch project supported by the Amlwch Safer Neighbourhood Team and their Community Pride Project. The project worked with local youths and focused on intergenerational work to break barriers amongst elderly and youths in the town. The young people worked with the Safer Neighbourhood Team, Youth Services & Housing Services to improve the community by taking part in a clean-up project on a sheltered housing estate. The local Safer Neighbourhood Team have created a varied programme of activities for young people in the Amlwch area.

Sergeant Tracey Llewellyn said: “We hope that this project will have an effect on anti-social behaviour in the area, and help improve the reputation of youngsters on the island, which has been tarnished by the recent actions of select groups.”


In the Clwyd awards, which was hosted by Charlotte Howard, High Sheriff of Clwyd, and held in Ruthin School, the Crimebeat Project of the Year was awarded to Ysgol y Grango in Wrexham for their ‘Get into School’ programme. The school works closely with parents and other partner agencies, including North Wales Police, to provide positive learning experiences specifically designed to tackle issues that may cause low attendance in school. The young people benefitted from experiential learning in an area that they were interested in. All young people who attended have developed a healthier outlook to their education and as a result have greater aspirations for the future. They have also developed an awareness of the youth justice service and from this perspective are more able to make informed choices. The programme has now been expanded to other schools and the Youth Justice Service will also be adopting a similar model focusing on early intervention.

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Op Skip Jump, based in Holywell, was highly commended in recognition of the partnership work with the local policing team to improve local community park areas. The project was developed and lead by PC James Tapley after he identified several run down areas that were in need of regeneration. The aim of the project was to increase a sense of civic pride amongst young people in the community by engaging them in projects to better the community. Over 30 students attended the programme supported by Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team colleagues.


Photo by Harriet Frobisher

Denbigh in Bloom was also highly commended for their work with primary schools in the area. The initiative aimed to involve young people in intergenerational work to encourage respect for the local community and town. The project has filled Denbigh High Street with flowers all year round and since it began in May 2016, there has been a vast reduction in anti-social behaviour and civic pride has grown immensely.

Photo by Harriet Frobisher 

Photo by Harriet Frobisher

Dave Evans, Crimebeat Co-ordinator said: “Both of these Awards evenings gave our High Sheriffs the opportunity to recognise the valuable work that is being done in communities across North Wales by our Safer Neighbourhood Teams, partnership organisations, and our young people. It is very humbling to see the impact that Crimebeat funding has on these projects. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the High Sheriffs for their continued support of Crimebeat and the work that is being done to support young people.”