The operation saw 57 stop and searches, eight cannabis warnings and one cannabis caution issued, and one person summonsed for possession of amphetamines. One male was arrested for possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply, with a further search conducted and £1,000 seized from a property believed to be linked to him. Other items seized during the operation include illegal cigarettes worth approximately £4,500, tramadol, 20 bags of cannabis of varying sizes and two knives.
PC Williamson has also led and executed a number of further drug warrants at addresses around the city. In addition, PC Williamson was able to obtain a closure order on a property in his ward area following a large volume of reports of anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and drug dealing, which had been affecting neighbouring residents.
Police Sergeant Joanne Harvey, who nominated PC Williamson for the award, said: “Since joining the Hull West Neighbourhood Policing Team, Phil has acted as a leader in the community and on the team. He has made himself available and listened to the concerns of his community and has put in place robust plans to deliver a quality of service that really places the community and victims at the heart of everything he does. His attention to detail with these plans is truly exceptional and recognised as one of the best in the force.
“He has not only organised and delivered a number of high-profile drug related initiatives on his ward, but he has also secured budgets, arranged a closure order, completed operational orders, delivered quality briefings to internal and external partners and keeps his community updated to build their trust and confidence. He has done all this whilst still learning what the role of a police officer is all about and has developed into an exceptional officer who acts with professionalism and respect.”
Police Constable Phil Williamson said: “I have enjoyed the challenge of organising funding, logistics and staffing for these operations, in addition to leading them throughout. Whilst I am acutely aware of the issues caused by drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in the community, improving the lived experience for the residents of the ward has been at the heart of everything I have done.
“I am grateful to have an extremely supportive team, and we have found that the evidence-based policing approaches that I have implemented have been extremely successful across a number of outcomes, and I look forward to sharing best practice with colleagues and developing these tactics to ensure that they continue to achieve what we set out do.”
The Student Officer of the Year award winner will be announced on Thursday 5th May 2022. The award recognises the student officer who has consistently demonstrated an understanding of the importance of building the trust and confidence of the public and placing victims at the heart of their policing work. They will have stood out in their first two years of service as someone with great potential who embodies the force values of fairness, integrity, respect, professionalism and compassion.