Bristol PCSO may just be the nation's best
A Police Community Support Officer has been shortlisted for a national award.
Christopher Purvey-Blain, 45, a PCSO in Keynsham, won the PCSO of the Year title for the Avon and Somerset area earlier this year for his outstanding work in east Keynsham tackling local issues.
In November, the father-of-four will be going to the Police Review Gala Awards which recognise the best officers in the country.
The winner of the PCSO of the Year award receives a £1,000 bursary to study policing.
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Mr Purvey-Blain, who lives in Mangotsfield, has been a PCSO for the past two-and-a-half years.
He has gone to great lengths to establish good relationships with the community he serves. He held a pizza and cola evening for youngsters in Keynsham to help reduce bad behaviour and he holds regular beat surgeries in a local coffee shop.
He changes his shifts to ensure he is on patrol when he knows there might be problems with anti-social behaviour.
The many people who nominated him for the award describe him as "highly diligent" and a "real asset" who is always cheery when out and about in all weathers.
Mr Purvey-Blain said he would like to thank everyone in the community who put his name forward.
He said: "It was a new scheme when I first started working as a PCSO in east Keynsham. People there were very receptive, young and old alike.
"They are very keen to see me about and very keen to work with me. They make my job so easy.
"You can go to some places and people can be stand-offish but the majority of people here will come over and have a chat. I am incredibly lucky with the area I serve."
An Avon and Somerset force spokesman said: "Chris Purvey-Blain received an inordinate number of nominations from the community for the awards.
"He had formerly worked the area as a community warden and he has used his contacts to engage the community with the police."