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Another top award for dedicated police officer.

Byline: By Wendy Horton South Wales Echo

Dedicated police officer Joe Griffiths may soon run out of space on his office wall after being given another award to add to his clutch of commendations.

Pc Griffiths, pictured inset, has just been recognised as Community Police Officer of the Year during the latest round of commendations handed out by the Chief Constable of Gwent Police.

The 52-year-old received the award for his passion and belief in neighbourhood policing - a role he has been heavily involved in during his 27 years' service.

He has earned top praised for dealing with community problems and giving guidance to those around him in how to best tackle local issues and alternative methods of dealing with problem youngsters.

In particular Pc Griffiths was singled out for his involvement and work with young children.

Each summer he attends summer schemes where he works and has developed his own "junior detective competition".

Although he now works out of Ystrad Mynach police station as a crime and disorder reduction officer he was also based as a community officer in Llanbradach and has spent time in front line operation.

PC Griffiths said: "Some weeks ago me and my wife were shopping in Asda's and the boy who was serving us said 'hello PC Griffiths'.

"He remembered me from the Brad and the talks I would give about football and has turned out a lovely young man.

"I felt nice inside thinking that I must have made an impact on him and that I may have made a difference to some of the youngsters lives."

His latest commendation will go alongside a divisional commendation for saving someone's life after they threatened to jump from a railway bridge in 2000.

PC Griffiths was also awarded a divisional commendation last year for his efforts in helping to catch a hoaxer who claimed to have abducted a child.

On top of this Pc Griffiths, who has four grown-up children and a three grandchildren, has fostered 30 children over the last eight years with his wife Eira.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 7, 2007
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