International award recognition for Nicola
3 October 2017 Local
PC Nicola Flanagan from our Lichfield Local Policing Team has received international recognition this month at a prestigious awards ceremony in Australia.
Nicola attended the 2017 International Association of Women Police Awards (IAWP) in Cairns, Australia, where she was presented with the award for Coaching & Mentoring.
Recognising her natural ability to lead 21 PCSO’s, Nicola was cited as being inspirational in her motivation, showing amazing leadership qualities and excelling in performance.
The IAWP was established in Los Angeles, California USA in 1915 by the first American policewomen as an international organisation to provide professional development, mentoring, training, networking and recognition for female law enforcement officers and civilian support staff as well as to increase the numbers of women in policing.
IAWP now has members in more than 60 countries and continues the same traditions established by the founders.
Nicola has more than 31-years policing service having joined Staffordshire Police in 1985 as a cadet and becoming a police constable in 1989. She is a wife and a mother to three children.
Becoming a police officer allowed Nicola to enhance her love of driving and motorcycles when, through a competitive process, she became a member of the Road Crime Team, something that even today, few women achieve. She became an accredited VIP Defensive Driver and VIP Motorcycle outrider and, for nine years, was involved in the protection of members of the Royal Family and other dignitaries visiting Staffordshire. Nicola also escorted the 2012 London Olympics Torch Run. To this day Nicola is still the only female defensive driver in Staffordshire and she went on to become a member of the Staffordshire Police Driver Training Team.
Later, utilising her mentoring and training skills, she was appointed as a PCSO mentor at Lichfield. She transformed the team to one of the highest performing teams in the force across a number of areas.
Speaking about her Australian experience, Nicola said: “It was amazing to be in such a beautiful country surrounded by police women from sixty countries around the world. To represent the British Police and my own force filled me with huge pride especially when we paraded through the town.
“The award does not just represent my achievements within the past year but is recognition of the accumulation of the specialist roles I have worked within my service and is an acknowledgement of all that I have attained.”
Staffordshire Police Chief Constable, Gareth Morgan, said: “We are all immensely proud of Nicola and congratulate her for this award honour and global recognition from the International Association of Women Police Awards.
“With an outstanding police career spanning four decades, Nicola has become an inspirational role model within the force, by demonstrating a unique leadership style and helping our PCSO’s realise their potential in making a difference to the communities they serve.”
IAWP President Margaret Shorter, said: “For the past 100 years, IAWP has promoted the role of women in policing. IAWP champions change to enable women to play their full part in delivering an inclusive service to their local communities. Without our annual recognition programme many phenomenal women and men would go unrecognised for their efforts.”