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Dagenham PCSO recognised as Met’s best

PUBLISHED: 15:19 15 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:19 15 February 2016

Rick Sweetman on patrol

Rick Sweetman on patrol

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A hardworking PCSO has been recognised with a top accolade.

Rick Sweetman, who has worked in Dagenham’s Eastbrook ward for the past eight years, received the PCSO of the Year prize at the Met’s Excellence in Total Policing Awards.

Rick has been credited with helping to drive down crime by creating a dashboard to analyse burglary and vehicle crime figures. This has enabled ward patrols to be directed to crime hotspots.

Rick is personally responsible for designing and producing a monthly newsletter for residents to keep them informed about what is going on in their area.

Rick has also worked tirelessly to offer crime prevention advice to residents and often forfeits his day off to attend community events.

As a result of his actions, residential burglary is down by more than a third across the ward and down 58 per cent in the Rush Green area.

A spokesman from the police said: “I have consistently seen members of the community and councillors comment on the sterling community work carried out by Rick.

“He always goes the extra mile and is a real credit to Barking and Dagenham police.

“I believe that his work – as well as his team’s and other staff across the borough – have added real value to our community and significantly contributed to the high increase in public confidence.”

Rick received his accolade from the Metropolitan Police commissioner at the ceremony on Tuesday.


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