National Award for Neighbourhood Police Officer who tackled Spice Crime

A Neighbourhood police officer who tackled spice-related crime in South Yorkshire has been given a national award for her work.

PC Libby Bettney, who joined the force as part of a graduate scheme in 2017, was announced as the winner of the ‘Police Now’ category of the upcoming Tilley Awards last week.

The awards, which celebrate problem-orientated projects, were re-launched last year after an eight-year break and is being run by South Yorkshire Police on behalf of all forces.

PC Bettney said she was shocked her application got this far.

PC Libby Bettney has been given the ‘Police Now’ award.

She said: “The application is a reflection of the work the neighbourhood team have put in over several months.

“We’re now focusing on preparing for the conference at the end of March, which the team is looking forward to.”

Chief Inspector Paul Ferguson, who is the Force Lead for Problem Orientated Policing, said Libby’s award was great news for South Yorkshire Police and a testament to their investment in Neighbourhood teams.

He said: “These awards mark excellence in problem solving and are internationally recognised.

“Spice is a complex problem and is no whimsical issue. Libby’s achievement in pulling together a group to tackle this problem is significant.”

Libby, along with fellow officers, will attend the awards ceremony on the 27th March to present her problem solving strategies to the judging panel.

The overall winner of the Tilley Awards is yet to be decided, but after scooping the Police Now category, PC Bettney is in contention to take home the top prize and progress to the Goldstein Awards in the US later this year.

You can read more about the Tilley Awards here.