A POLICE officer who has helped to significantly reduce disorder among youngsters in Ellesmere Port has won a prestigious award.

Ross Norman has worked tirelessly with partners, residents and businesses to deal with a variety of challenging issues.

He was presented with an Achieving Cheshire Excellence (ACE) Award at the Cheshire Constabulary’s annual ceremony at Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel.

One piece of outstanding work involved Ross forging a significant partnership with a local bail hostel. His efforts led to dangerous individuals being recalled to prison and the local area being made safer.

He has a large beat area covering the town centre, a housing estate and Cheshire Oaks, and his collaborative approach to working has reduced the issues faced by people living and working in the area.

The ACE Awards are the constabulary’s highest accolades that can be awarded to an individual or team that has gone the extra mile or demonstrated exceptional commitment to policing in Cheshire.

After collecting the Working in Partnership Award, sponsored by Dell EMC, PCSO Norman said: “It means a lot to me to have been nominated for this award, and I definitely wasn’t expecting to win.

“The work we do with the probation service does takes a lot of time, but it has led to a massive reduction in calls, helped get dangerous people off the streets and is making the area safer.

“All the partners we work with across Ellesmere Port have been brilliant and I now have a colleague to support me with the work we are doing at Cheshire Oaks and in the town centre which is a big help.”

Chief Constable Darren Martland said: “I’m extremely proud of the fantastic work our officers, staff and volunteers do each and every day to help keep Cheshire safe.

“It is important that we dedicate an opportunity like the Ace Awards to celebrate some of this work and hear the inspirational stories which have led to this year’s nominations.

“We have some truly outstanding people at Cheshire Constabulary and I would like to personally congratulate all those who were nominated by their colleagues.

“They all deserve this recognition for their dedicated service to both the constabulary and the communities of Cheshire.”

David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, added: “The ACE Awards provide us with an opportunity to celebrate the incredible achievements of Cheshire Constabulary’s talented officers, staff and volunteers and I am incredibly proud of the work that each and every member of the force carries out round the clock to protect local residents.

“A huge congratulations to all of those who have been recognised at this year’s awards.

“Once again, we have heard some inspirational stories of bravery, commitment and going the extra mile to keep Cheshire residents safe.”