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 Ten Wow! Awards for PC Paul Canvin


​A HUGE well done to PC Paul Canvin who has received his tenth Wow! Award for outstanding customer service.

PC Canvin, who works as a response officer in Crook, has received ten nominations from members of the public for ‘going above and beyond.’

His most recent nomination came from a man whose car was vandalised in May this year. PC Canvin investigated the offence and provided the man with updates throughout his enquiries and information of organisations who could assist following the incident.

In his nomination, the man said: “Nothing was a problem, no question was left unanswered and I felt very happy with his concern for me.

“I cannot thank him or Durham Police enough, he's a brilliant officer and it's a 10/10 from me.”

Another nominee thanked him for his help following a domestic incident. She said: “He is just outstanding and puts me in contact with the right people to get me help and tries his best to get my life back on track and rings to check that I am okay when he can.

“Thank you again for doing an amazing job Paul.”

Speaking of the praise, PC Canvin said: “I don’t do it for the recognition, I just put myself in the shoes of the victim, how I would like myself or my family treated by the police.

“Don’t get me wrong it’s always good to be recognised for doing a good job and making a difference for the victims, but these Wow! Awards are extra special - they mean a lot as it is from the victims of crime themselves who appreciate the effort and the extra attention given.

“I wish that I could help everyone out there. I feel very humbled to receive these awards - I’m just a normal person doing an extraordinary job trying to put the victims first giving them a voice and some hope that someone does listen and care.”

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