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A COP who closed a crack den and a volunteer police officer who worked more than 1,000 hours in a year were among those recognised by their chiefs.

Hartlepool Police officers picked up two of the top honours at Cleveland Police’s Neighbourhood Policing Awards.

Neighbourhood Special Constable of the Year Catherine Janes with Mark Doherty who won Neighbourhood Police Officer of the Year

Neighbourhood Special Constable of the Year Catherine Janes with Mark Doherty who won Neighbourhood Police Officer of the Year

Left, Police Authority Chair Stuart Drummond (left) with Temporary Acting Chief Constable Adrian Roberts (far right) with the South A Team which was named Hartlepool’s Neighbourhood Team of the Year. Pictured below, Yasmin Calvert who was named Hartlepool’s Neighbourhood Officer Best at Tackling Anti Social Behaviour

Acting Sergeant Mark Doherty was named the Neighbourhood Police Officer of the Year and Catherine Janes was named the Special Constable of the Year.

Modest Acting Sgt Doherty, who covers the Stranton ward, told the Hartlepool Mail he “was just doing his job” after he picked up his prize at the force’s Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, headquarters.

His citation said he helped close a crack den in the town centre, resolved anti-social behaviour problems and tackled drug menaces that were disrupting a local business.

Police Authority Chair Stuart Drummond (left) with Temporary Acting Chief Constable Adrian Roberts (far right) with the South A Team which was named Hartlepool's Neighbourhood Team of the Year

Police Authority Chair Stuart Drummond (left) with Temporary Acting Chief Constable Adrian Roberts (far right) with the South A Team which was named Hartlepool's Neighbourhood Team of the Year

Acting Sgt Doherty said: “It’s a massive honour to be in receipt of this award, but this represents the hard work of everyone in the neighbourhood team and the agencies we work with.

“By working together we can achieve fantastic results.”

Dedicated Special Constable Janes completed 1,074 hours of duty during the last year tackling everything from alcohol-related problems at night to road safety initiatives during the day – making 13 arrests in the process.

She is said to have carried out all the work with “dignity and respect”.

Yasmin Calvert who was named Hartlepool's Neighbourhood Officer Best at Tackling Anti Social Behaviour

Yasmin Calvert who was named Hartlepool's Neighbourhood Officer Best at Tackling Anti Social Behaviour

Superintendent Glenn Gudgeon, District Commander for Hartlepool, said: “Every person in Hartlepool should be proud of the achievements of these two exceptional officers.

“What they have done proves that we have the best people on our streets.”

Billingham East Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Peter Charity was named PCSO of the Year for being a “highly visible presence in the community”, evicting a problem family and working closely with the local school on safety.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond, who is chairman of Cleveland Police Authority, opened the event, saying: “These awards are a way of saying thank you not just to the winners, but to all those men and women who work in our local communities and who really are at the forefront of tackling crime and disorder, helping people to feel more confident and safe on their streets and in their homes.”

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts added: “What the awards demonstrate is that our most important resource is the men and women who make a real difference to improving the quality of life for the public we serve.”

Hartlepool Neighbourhood PCSO of the Year went to PCSO Jamie Swainston for his work in the Foggy Furze area.

PCSO Yasmin Calvert was named Hartlepool Officer Best at Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour.

Hartlepool Neighbourhood Team of the Year was South A, which is made up of Inspector Lee Rukin, Sergeant Mark Haworth, PC Paul Smith, PC Phil Guard, PCSO Helen Barron, PCSO Julie Dobson, PCSO Ian Dolan, PCSO Rob Moore, PCSO Andrea Pilchet and PCSO Simon Parry.