HERE is your chance to reward a neighbourhood police officer who you know goes the extra mile for the community in which he or she works.

The South Wales Argus has joined forces with Gwent Police to create an award to be part of the annual Gwent Police awards scheme.

The South Wales Argus Community Officer of the Year Award is open for nominations of an officer who you think deserves special recognition for going above and beyond to help their local community.

The award is open to both community safety officers and police constables.

Argus editor Nicole Garnon said: "We were invited to get involved with Gwent Police's awards scheme and were delighted to be able to offer an award which will reward an officer who has close links with their community."

Chief constable Julian Williams said: “We are delighted that the South Wales Argus are able to support our awards evening where we will be celebrating all of the outstanding work carried out by our officers and staff.

He added: “We can, however, only deliver a quality of service with the support of the public and the Force Awards aims to recognise this, which is why we are so pleased that the South Wales Argus is supporting our Community Officer of the Year Award, as nominated by you, the people that make up Gwent”

To nominate all you have to do is e mail or write to us at Newsdesk South Wales Argus, Cardiff Road, Maesglas, Newport NP20 3QN.

Let us know the name of the officer you are nominating, the area in which they work and why you think they are deserving of our award.

We will also need your contact details.

The winner will be decided by chief constable Williams and the police and crime commissioner, Jeff Cuthbert, and announced at an awards ceremony on March 20.