A community hero will receive a certificate of merit from Wiltshire Chief Constable (From Swindon Advertiser)
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Swindon community hero, Thomas Fryszka, is up for award
5:21pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
EXCELLENCE in the line of work done by a community police officer will be recognised in an awards ceremony next month following a recommendation by the residents he serves.
Thomas Fryszka, 27, a PCSO in Gorse Hill, will receive a certificate of merit from Chief Constable Patrick Geenty on September 17 at Wiltshire Police HQ in Devizes.
PCSO Fryszka’s work in the area came under the spotlight following a letter by Morris Small, Gorse Hill’s Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, which endorsed his consistent presence, work rate and reliability in following up residents’ concerns.
On his initial reaction to the news, PCSO Fryszka, who is due to get married next year, said: “I was completely surprised. It was really nice to receive the letter from Morris on what I had done for the community, but I never expected it to go any further.
“I had personal aims when I joined the Gorse Hill beat in 2010. I wanted to improve communication between the police and key members of the community. That’s something I raised from the start.
“I’m hoping that has had a positive impact. I have achieved everything I wanted to so far.”
Next on his hitlist of ‘must-dos’ is a traditional newsletter for the area’s elder residents who are not geared up to Facebook and Twitter.
Feedback is the secret to his success, he said. Ensuring residents’ concerns were taken on board then given an active response was the secret to their happy relationship.
Mr Small said: “He’s always around the area and he always comes back to you when you go to him with a concern or matter to address.
“In the past we have had PCSOs who have forgotten matters, but Tom doesn’t, he will always reply and get in touch. He’s not one of those who doesn’t look into things.
“Police cars do come down through Gorse Hill, but they don’t stop, they don’t talk with people. Tom is always around on his bike, stopping and having a natter with people.
“We know he’s about which is very important.
“If you ask anybody in the shops they will say he’s part of the community. The police are supposed to spend more time around here, but Tom stands above the rest.”
On the night of the Devizes ceremony there will be 19 awards, of three varieties, handed out to various high flyers in Wiltshire Police.
The Chief Constable will award commendations to those who have demonstrated bravery, certificates to those, like PCSO Fryska’s, who have demonstrated excellence, and appreciations to members of the public who may have done something of note. A spokesman at Wiltshire Police said Tom’s award had come directly off the back of the letter, and he had gone over and above what was expected of him.