A Daventry PCSO has been awarded a county-wide award for her work in the local community.
Kirsten Bates, who works for the Daventry Safer Community Team (SCT), was given the PCSO of the Year award by Northamptonshire Police on Monday night.
It was for her work with the school community, young people and helping them out of trouble.
She was nominated for the award by her colleagues at the Daventry SCT as well as town, district and county councillors and local schools including Falconer’s Hill Infant School and The Parker E-ACT Academy.
Speaking about her award PCSO Bates said: “I am very proud to have received this award and of the team that I work with.
“They all work very hard and so I would like to share this award with them.
“I love what I do. I work very hard and I am a firm believer that you get out of it what you put in.
“It is really important for me to work with the young people now because they are the future.”
Daventry SCT Sergeant Sam Dobbs said: “School support staff describe her as amazing, non-judgemental, kind, caring and supportive.
“A headteacher praises her brilliant communication skills – she does what she says she will do and is loved and respected by the children.
“Her energy is endless. She is quite the most amazing PCSO to have on the team.”
Deputy Chief Constable Martin Jelley said: “Kirsten has built and maintains strong relationships with the community in Daventry.
“Her dedication is second to none.”