WEYMOUTH and Portland Borough Council’s CCTV and Community Safety Teams have been recognised at for their efforts in combating crime.

The two teams were recognised at The Force Annual Awards ceremony, which also saw the Weymouth Street Pastors presented with an award.

The CCTV team took home the Reducing Crime Award while the Community Safety Team won the Crime Reduction Partnership Award.

Both teams were recognised for having made a significant contribution towards effective crime detection, crime prevention and public safety.

Councillor Francis Drake, community safety briefholder for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “These awards are thoroughly deserved and a testament to the dedication and commitment of the staff to making our towns safer places to live.

“The teams work closely with the police and other agencies, and have made some real progress in tackling instances of crime particularly associated with the night-time economy.”

The councils work in partnership with the Street Pastors who were also recognised at last night’s ceremony for the role they play in helping members of the community to enjoy a safe night out.

They were awarded the Volunteer Team of the Year award.

The awards evening was attended by the High Sheriff Jennifer Coombs, the Chief Constable Debbie Simpson and the Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill, along with other chief officers, and took place at the QE School in Wimborne.