Weymouth Police sergeant awarded for county lines work

Weymouth Police sergeant awarded for county lines work

Published by George Sharpe at 1:30pm 6th March 2020.

A local Police sergeant's been recognised for his exceptional work developing Weymouth's County Lines team.

24 awards were handed out during the event at QE school in Wimborne on 26th February, recognising the outstanding contribution of officers, staff and volunteers to the force.

Andy Jenkins from Weymouth was given his award for his hard work in developing and leading the County Lines Neighbourhood Team for Weymouth.

Andy wanted to address the problem of county lines and recognised that many of the victims involved were vulnerable people.

He focused on building relationships with victims in order to gain their trust and this has seen a large reduction in the threat of county lines in Weymouth.

County Lines is a term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to other parts of the UK.

The youngest recipient of an award was Cadet Molly, Dorset Police say she has shown herself to be an excellent tole model and leader at such a young age, as the winner she will take on the role of the High Sheriff's Police Cadet. 

Awards were presented by Chief constable James Vaughan, Police and Crime commissioner Martyn Underhill, former chair of the lay custody visitors, Kathleen Emery and previous Chief Constables, Jane Stichbury and Dirk Aldous.

Chief Constable of Dorset Police, James Vaughan said:

"It is always humbling to present these awards to our offices, staff, volunteers and partners. 

"Our teams work incredibly hard and it is only right that we recognise them for their efforts in preventing and detecting crime and supporting victims."

Police and Crime commissioner Martyn Underhill says:

"The dedication, bravery and professionalism I see from Dorset Police Officers, staff and volunteers on a daily basis never fails to fill me with admiration.

"It was a great honour for me to have presented some of these well-deserved awards, and I was particularly proud to have met one of Dorset's first police cadets.

"It's wonderful to see this great scheme go from strength to strength and help inspire brilliant young people like Molly."