PCSO praised for supporting the deaf community

Date published: 08 November 2019 11:30
Dated: 08 November 2019 11:23:47

A PCSO from Barnsley has been praised for going above and beyond to ensure the deaf members of his community feel supported and have confidence in their police force.

PCSO Tom Berry, who is described as being ‘incredibly enthusiastic and performing at a level far beyond his short length of service’, is part of the Barnsley South East Neighbourhood Team and covers the Dearne area of Barnsley.

After hearing that members of the local deaf community lacked confidence and understanding of the police, which would leave crimes unreported, he set out to change this.

PCSO Berry set up meetings with a local deaf group ‘Deafinitions’ to understand the issues they face and how he could resolve them.

With communication barriers, he created an educational presentation that raised awareness on how to report crimes and the SMS Text Service available for those who cannot call 999.

To commend his actions, PSCO Berry won the award for ‘Police Community Support Officer of the Year’ for his actions at the districts awards, held at the Town Hall on Wednesday 6 November.

Chief Superintendent Scott Green who presented PC Berry with his award said: “PC Berry was awarded this award in recognition of the excellent work he has carried out to protect the vulnerable members of his community.

“PCSO Berry’s strong work ethic, resilience and dedication is recognised by his colleagues and those in partner agencies.

“He should be proud of his efforts and achievements; he is a worthy recipient of this award.”

PCSO Tom Berry being presented his award by Police Crime Commissioner Alan Billings and Chief Superintendent Scott Green

PCSO Tom Berry being presented his award by Police Crime Commissioner Alan Billings and Chief Superintendent Scott Green

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