TWO Staffordshire Moorlands police officers have been presented with awards.
The Staffordshire Police Force Annual Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 8, at the County Show ground in Stafford.
The prestigious event recognises and rewards police officers, staff, members of the Special Constabulary and volunteers for their hard work and continued dedication in helping to keep communities safe and reassured.
Chief Constable Mike Cunningham opened the awards ceremony and hosted the event.
The award winners from the Staffordshire Moorlands were: Sergeant Stevon Marsh from Leek, who was jointly presented with the PC John Taylor Memorial Award, and PC Paul Bolam, from Cheadle, who was presented with the Problem Solving Award.
The PC John Taylor Memorial Award is presented annually to a serving police officer, or member of the Special Constabulary, who has made an outstanding contribution to the community, performed an act of bravery, or a sporting achievement.
Sergeant Marsh, along with PC Colin Gay from Staffordshire Police headquarters, founded the BGBA (Blue Glove Boxing Academy) in 2005.
The first charity 'Battle of the Badges' boxing match was held in February 2011 between Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire Police.
Proceeds from the event went to The Blue Lamp Foundation and the Caudwell Children charity.
This event was the first of many involving services from around the world and has raised more than £130,000.
A police spokesman added: "Stevon and Colin hold hugely popular boxing training sessions for children connected to the Caudwell Children charity who experience a range of conditions including autism.
"Steve and Colin are both active coaches at the BGBA providing challenging and inclusive training sessions to a diverse membership.
The atmosphere created is friendly and welcoming to all.
"Stevon and Colin have achieved all this while balancing their full-time operational roles and active family lives. Their efforts in establishing, organising and running the BGBA and its charity involvement has raised the profile of Staffordshire Police locally, nationally and internationally."
The Problem Solving Award has been introduced to the force awards this year to recognise those who have evaluated and solved problems in line with the Staffordshire Police Problem Solving Model.
The award is open to individuals or groups; Police Officers, Police Staff, PCSOs, Special Constables or any combination thereof.
PC Bolam is part of the local neighbourhood policing team based in Waterhouses.
He has over 22 years service and has dedicated eight years of that time to this rural location.
The spokesman added: "The team of four officers cover an area of 120 square miles and Paul's knowledge of the area is impressive and it is clear many people know him.
"He is always aware of the issues of local residents and quickly looks to involve the team in resolving these.
"Paul has orchestrated a multi-agency operation to target the significant issue of car crime on rural car parks as well as an engagement strategy to visit members of the numerous communities he serves.
"The targeting of crime on rural car parks has been a huge success, all but eradicating crime on rural car parks this year and has reduced overall thefts from motor vehicles on the Waterhouses Rural area by 50 per cent.
"Paul has recognised the issues that affect his community. Despite the difficulties caused by many of the victims of car crime being visitors to the area, he has bought about solutions to issues and combined the outcome to make maximum impact.
"His work has brought teams together to be more targeted and this has resulted in better communication and fewer victims."