POLICE Community Support Officer Emma Darroch has received a major award for going the extra mile to support the victim of a serious crash.

The 34-year-old, who covers the Mobberley and High Legh area, was recognised at Cheshire Police’s annual Achieving Cheshire Excellence (ACE) Awards.

While welfare visits to vulnerable people are an essential part of a PCSO’s role, Emma did far more than what was expected of her in the aftermath of the collision.

She regularly visited the man, who suffered a serious brain injury and complex issues as a result of the incident, ensuring he had essential household items, making meals for him when he had forgotten to eat and taking him to local amenities when she found him wandering the streets.

Her considerable efforts and compassion for others ensured the appropriate safeguarding was put in place and the man received the support he needed to improve his quality of life.

Emma received the Services to the Public award at the ACE Awards, the force’s highest accolades which can be given to an individual or team who has gone the extra mile or shown exceptional commitment to policing in Cheshire.

Emma said: “I really enjoy the work I do, and am so happy I was able to help the man and make his life better.

“He could barely function following his brain injury and had no local family to assist him.

“By visiting him regularly, and doing things like making him meals and going to the shops to make sure he had food over Christmas, I was able to ensure he was being fed and had access to the appropriate services.

“He’s now in a place where he gets 24-hour care and is safe and well.

“I am proud of the level of support I was able to give him and am really pleased to have won an ACE Award.”

Chief Constable Darren Martland said: “I’m extremely proud of the fantastic work our officers, staff and volunteers do every day to help keep Cheshire safe.

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“It is important that we dedicate an opportunity like the Ace Awards to celebrate some of this work and hear the inspirational stories which have led to this year’s nominations.

“We have some truly outstanding people at Cheshire Constabulary and I would like to personally congratulate all those who were nominated by their colleagues.

“They all deserve this recognition for their dedicated service to both the constabulary and the communities of Cheshire.”