A Bridlington PCSO has been awarded a divisional commander’s commendation for her work helping to bring a murderer to justice.
Last January PCSO Beverley Feirn, noticed murderer Graham Richardson pacing up and down along Promenade before he tried to sell loot stolen from his victim’s Full Sutton home.
She made checks into what was sold to the second hand shop and CID were contacted, leading to Richardson’s arrest and subsequent trial for murder.
He is now serving a life sentence.
PCSO Feirn was given the commendation by chief superintendant Judy Heaton after Humberside Police’s Major Investigation Team put her forward for the award.
Inspector Grant Taylor, head of Bridlington’s Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “For me, Bev is an outstanding officer.
“We have numerous PCSOs who like Bev go above and beyond but this is a classic example of Bev’s work.
“This is just typical of Bev, nothing is too much trouble even if she is off duty she will come in to address issues. If she is off duty she will call up colleagues.
“This is just a classic and wonderful example of Bev going above and beyond.
“It is the likes of Bev who are out there every day walking their beat, supporting their community, getting to know the community that build up relationships of trust.
“The information as a result of being out on the beat enables us then to target all the criminal activities that are happening in the town.
“The commendation is for someone who has a great passion in wanting to make a difference and that is something Bev is consistent in doing.”
The commendation is awarded to police who perform exceptional work in the line of duty.
PCSO Feirn described receiving her second commendation as one of her career highlights.
She said: “When I found out who the male was I just felt quite proud and it was nice to be recognised for my work.
“It was a male I had not seen before but who seemed to be acting in a suspicious manner and following that up as part of my job role to help and try and prevent crime.
“I felt quite proud that I had been part of that jigsaw puzzle.”