'The perfect street cop' scoops Sussex Police officer of the year
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A Sussex Police officer who his supervisor described as ‘the perfect street cop’ has been named as the police officer of the year.
Scott Franklin-Lester has worked for the force for 23 years, 18 of those on the beat in Eastbourne helping to catch criminals and protecting some of the county’s most vulnerable people.
Although previous to this Scott was a special between 1992 and 1999.
He was nominated for the Chief Constable’s award for his unmatched drive, motivation, depth of knowledge, skill and focus.
Scott has a real passion for local policing and is very much part of the local community.
There are many fine examples of his work over the years but what is said to set him apart from others, is the scale and pace at which he responds to problems and the energy he pours into it.
Dealing with County Lines drug dealers and cuckooing victims are good examples of his desire to catch those responsible for taking over local addresses to deal drugs from and to bring them to justice.
His focus isn't solely on just arresting dealers but he also builds trust and confidence with vulnerable drug users which encourages them to ask for help when they need it. He has made a real difference to many people's lives.
PC Scott Franklin-Lester said: “This is quite amazing really, I've received awards before but this tops it all.
“For me it's just going in and getting on with the job and trying to do what I'm paid to do really while making a difference to the people out there.
“I am lucky to work with an amazing team of people.”