Nominations for most heroic people who make their communities feel safe and prevent crime across the county are now open.

The Community Safety Hero Awards, organised by the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex will take place on Friday, June 7.

To win an award, the nominees must have demonstrated an exceptional act to keeping vulnerable people and their community safe.

They must also have delivered a project or scheme that has improved the safety of those around them to be shortlisted.

Pippa Brent-Isherwood, Chief Executive of the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Each and every day people across Essex go out of their way to make a positive contribution to their communities, whether that is through supporting vulnerable people, helping to prevent crime or making our communities safer.”

Nominees can be volunteers or those who work in a professional capacity, where the winner will receive £500 to go towards their work.

Two runners’ up or highly commended winners will also receive £300 for their community project.

A new nomination category for young people is also open to anybody aged up to and including 24-years-old who will receive £300.

Essex residents can also vote for the winner of the People’s Choice to receive £100 from a shortlist of entrants selected by the judging panel.

“These awards recognise those unsung heroes,” added Chief Executive Brent-Isherwood. “If you know somebody who really does make a difference please do nominate them and help get their great work in the spotlight.”

The Community Safety Hero Awards will take place on Friday, June 7, at Colchester United Football Stadium.

Deadline for nominations is midnight on Sunday, May 12. For full details on how to nominate, visit Essex PFCC website at