West Yorkshire Honours Its Frontline Heroes At Awards Ceremony (15 Mar 2014)

West Yorkshire Police has honoured its frontline heroes at its annual awards ceremony in Leeds.

The West Yorkshire Policing Awards recognises exceptional performance within the Force, under categories such as extraordinary public service, protection of vulnerable victims, crime investigation and bravery.

Paying tribute to the finalists, Chief Constable Mark Gilmore said: "This event is our opportunity to reward and recognise those whose single and collective contributions represent the finest traditions of policing.

"I want to pay tribute to all those officers and staff who work tirelessly, all year round, to keep our communities safer and feeling safer, never forgetting their families and friends, the unsung heroes, who support them to put their best foot forward for our magnificent policing service."

Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns Williamson, added: "We have been privileged to hear accounts of courage, commitment and dedication, and all finalists should be exceptionally proud of their achievements.

"Despite the challenges officers and staff face, day in day out, they continue to deliver an exceptional service, which is undoubtedly recognised by our partners, local communities and certainly by me as the Police and Crime Commissioner."

The Chief Constable also thanked the generous help of the commercial organisations who supported the awards, saying: "We are grateful to our sponsors whose continued support has made this special occasion possible, allowing us to recognise our brave, courageous and committed officers and staff who are so often required to walk towards danger and challenge while others are able to walk away."

Winners on the night:

Extraordinary Public Service Award

Winner: Helen Neal, Leeds

Helen has demonstrated an extraordinary level of dedication and commitment to the work of West Yorkshire Police in tackling priority crimes.

Adams McGill Award for the Protection of Vulnerable Victims

(Sponsored by Police Insure)

Winner: Toni Williams, Force Performance Improvement Unit

Toni is a meticulous and passionate public health registrar whose pioneering work has enabled agencies to work together more effectively to safeguard some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Diversity in Action Award

Winner: GLO Project - Sue Widdowson, Jayne Bradbrook & PC Phillippa Child - Wakefield

This team was the driving force behind the GLO (Girls Learning Opportunities) project, which successfully helped vulnerable girls learn more about the dangers they might face in life.

Dennis Hoban Award for Crime Investigation

(Sponsored by Gallagher Heath)

Winner: DC Rob Black, DC Jon Smalley, Heather Forrest & Karen Spiers - Protective Services Crime

These individuals worked together to tackle a long and protracted, complex criminal investigation, with highly successful results.

Ian Broadhurst Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Road Policing

(Sponsored by Police Money Matters)

Winner: MCET (Major Collision Enquiry) Team - Protective Services Operations

A highly effective multi-disciplinary team responsible for bringing a number of offenders to justice following a protracted and complex investigation into a fatal traffic collision.

Sharon Beshenivsky Trophy - PCSO of the Year Award

(Sponsored by Police Mutual Assurance Society)

Winner: PCSO Tracy Anne Beasley, Bradford

PCSO Tracy Anne Beasley has fast become a well-known and respected PCSO on her Thornton beat, by continually generating ideas and initiatives to improve the lives of local people.

Police Bravery Award

(Sponsored by West Yorkshire Police Federation)

Winner: PC Tim Brown & PCSO Darrin Thompson, Bradford

Tim and Darrin showed exceptional bravery in dealing with two armed males during an attempted post office robbery.

Solving Problems with Partners Award

(Sponsored by Risk Management Partners)

Winner: PCSO Catherine Elder, Bradford

Catherine is a highly proactive PCSO, effectively working with a number of local partners to serve the community of Frizinghall to the highest level.

Special Constable of the Year Award

Winner: A/SO Omer Ayub, Calderdale

Nothing is ever too much trouble for Omer, an Acting Section Officer who has taken on his role with outstanding commitment.

Colin Cramphorn Trophy for Contribution to Neighbourhood Policing

(Sponsored by Abbey Insurance)

Winner: Future Stars Team, Wakefield

This team worked hard to bring communities within Wakefield together to showcase the skills of young people, and help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: DS Veronica Hepworth, Protective Services Crime

DS Veronica Hepworth has become a leading authority in the field of 'cold case' investigation, specifically linked to undetected offences of rape through Operation Recall.

Team of the Year Award

(Sponsored by West Yorkshire Police Federation)

Winner: Confiscation Unit, Protective Services Crime

This team's performance has been truly exceptional, leading the way in terms of financial investigations.

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