CSO nominated for Wearside award
Dated: 19 Nov 2007
A Northumbria Police Community Support Officer has been nominated in this year's Pride of Wearside awards.
Allison Dennis, of Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing team with responsibility for Pallion, has been put forward for the Role Model category after she impressed the local community with her commitment and dedication in providing opportunities for young people.
Allison developed the Millfield Action Group, providing activities for young people in the area. She invited them to join the group to give them the opportunity to be part of its development and has been praised for the way she engaged with the young people, giving them guidance and reassurance.
Inspector Jackie Clark, responsible for Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "Allison has been an asset to the Neighbourhood Policing team and has made a real difference to the community in Pallion. She will be sadly missed but I wish her well in her future as a PC."
Sunderland City Council senior sports and development officer, Andrea Baldwin, nominated Allison for the award. She said: "Allison has been totally instrumental in the development of this group and without her I believe it would not have accomplished all that it has, or all that it no doubt will.
"She has proved to be a great role model to the group, earning their respect by giving them respect. The young people she has engaged with have done so because of the understanding, empathy and commitment that she showed."
Allison is presently training as a police constable after being a CSO for four years. She has worked with Northumbria Police for 23 years.
Allison added: "I'm very proud to have been nominated for this award. I really enjoyed the work I was doing and it's nice to be recognised for what has been achieved."
The Pride of Wearside awards are being organised by Gentoo Group. The presentation takes place at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night.