PC Anita Wheeler from Castle Vale police station has been named West Midlands Police’s Community Police Officer of the Year.
This is Anita’s second award in the past month. In November, she received a police award at the Hilton in London.
This latest award is presented in recognition of the officer who is nominated by West Midlands Police for the Police Review Community Police Officer of the Year awards.
Anita joined the force in 2005 as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO). Just over a year later she became a Police officer. After soon realising she wanted to focus on neighbourhood police she joined the Castle Vale neighbourhood team three years ago.
“When I first moved to the area one of the biggest concerns from the local community was anti social behaviour,” said Anita.”This type of crime can be varied and have a real negative affect on a person’s quality of life”.
Chief Superintendent James Andronov said: “The excellent work by PC Wheeler has deservedly been recognised by colleagues, partner agencies she has worked with, and most importantly the residents of Castle Vale, who have written letters of thanks to me for the positive and proactive police effort in addressing these varied community concerns.
“PC Wheeler’s leadership and professionalism, dedication and commitment have helped her to make a real difference in this challenging community.”