Keep Wokingham's ASB officer
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Constable Maryann Shaw
PC Maryann Shaw is based Wokingham police station as an Anti-Social Behaviour
Officer. She joined Thames Valley Police in 1990 and over the years has been
stationed at Reading, Loddon Valley and Wokingham.
She has been chosen as Berkshire Community Officer 2016 after receiving a
nomination from The Housing Needs Team at Wokingham Borough Council,
commending her for work she has done with homeless youth.
PC Shaw has played an integral part in mediation processes and risk assessing
vulnerable young people faced with homelessness in Wokingham Borough. PC
Shaw has been supportive and sympathetic to the plight of homeless young people
as evidenced by being a crucial member of the Allocations Panel for Seaford Court.
PC Shaw has been a trustworthy, efficient partner for quick, accurate and reliable
feedback on risk factors and in joint decision making.
Her work has greatly capacitated the Housing Needs Team and has tremendously
improved the extent to which the Housing Needs Team can better identify and
manage risk of homelessness for sixteen to twenty five year olds. This has therefore
resulted in better positive outcomes for their wellbeing.
PC Shaw has devoted her expertise and experience while going above and beyond
her duties to immensely contribute to eradicate homelessness of young adults. She
has made a lasting difference through enhanced partnership networking to improve
the wellbeing of those less able to help themselves.
Alongside her work with homeless young people PC Shaw also provides outreach
work with rough sleepers. PC Shaw has volunteered working in conjunction with staff
at Wokingham Borough Council during the festive cheer initiative. This compromised
of delivering a hundred and eighty gift parcels to vulnerable individuals and families.
As a member of the Board of Allocations for Seaford Court, PC Shaw’s input has
been crucial in ensuring the right balance of tenants at the hostel. This has resulted
in a notable reduction in calls made to the police reporting anti-social behaviour.
PC Shaw said in response to winning the award: “After receiving the letter on April
Fools day and thinking one of my colleagues was playing a joke on me, I was totally
stunned and overwhelmed when I learnt that someone had taken the time and effort
to nominate me for this award. I am extremely lucky to do a job that I love and am
passionate about which is made easier through the good working practices and
problem solving approach with the partner agencies that I work alongside.”
Thames Valley Police want to redeploy PC Shaw due to budget cuts...
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