PCSO Nicki Yates from Sandwell carried the Olympic Torch through Droitwich last month.
The Olympic panel chose Nicki to carry the torch as a result of her excellent work and commitment in her role as a PCSO inWest Bromwich.
Nicki joined the force in 2006 and has spent her career so far in the Lyng and Kenrick neighbourhood team.
Nicki has launched herself into a variety of projects, including work with a number of primary schools in the area. She frequently gives talks to schools and has also set up a confidential anti-bullying counselling service for the children. She will also speak to the bullies and work with them on their behaviour.
She has set up projects around anti-social behaviour, stranger danger, knife crime and runs a TAG rugby team at various schools. As a result of her work in schools, Nicki has been appointed school governor at three local primary schools.
In addition to her work in schools, Nicki has set up a number of Neighbourhood Watch schemes and now manages twelve across her neighbourhood. She has also secured funding for a bingo club at a local home for the elderly.
All her good work was recognised when she won the West Midlands Association of Women in Policing award at a regional level in 2009 and at a national level in 2010.[pullquote_right]“I had a wonderful day and the support I received was tremendous.”[/pullquote_right]
Nicki said “I feel very honoured that I carried the torch. I had a wonderful day and the support I received was tremendous.
“To be given the opportunity to carry the torch for doing a job I love makes me feel very happy and proud, I will continue to give my all to my job.
“Since carrying the torch I have been very busy showing it off and I have also been asked to take it to local nurseries and schools including my old secondary school. The children have loved it. I have had that many photos taken I’m now feeling like a celebrity.”
Read this month’s News Beat Special on the Olympic Torch’s route through the region here.