Bravery, community cops, volunteers and major crime investigations recognised at West Yorkshire Police awards (13 May 2017)

Bravery, community cops, volunteers and major crime investigations were all recognised at this year's West Yorkshire Police awards

The West Yorkshire Policing Awards honour police officers, police staff and policing partners at an annual ceremony at Carr Gate, the Force's training and development centre in Wakefield.

Chief Constable Dee Collins thanked everyone for their 'tireless commitment' and congratulated all those who had been nominated.

Chief Constable Collins said: "Our annual awards ceremony is our opportunity to highlight those who work around the clock to keep our communities safe and keep them feeling safer.

"Policing can be a challenging job, but it is also incredibly rewarding and can make a real difference to communities. I would like to congratulate all of this year's nominees and show my appreciation to all those who play a part in policing West Yorkshire.

"I am constantly impressed by the tireless commitment and courage shown by our officers, who are all fantastic ambassadors for West Yorkshire Police. I would also like to pass on my thanks to the families and friends who support and encourage officers on a daily basis.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, also attended Friday's ceremony.

PCC Burns-Williamson said: "The annual Policing Awards are very important and truly inspiring.

"I am extremely proud of the brave actions and interventions of West Yorkshire Police officers and staff as they go about their daily business to help keep people safe and feeling, often going beyond their call of duty in the most challenging of times and situations as we have heard.

"West Yorkshire is an area with some of the greatest policing and community safety needs and the fact is that every day officers and staff demonstrate going that extra mile, so these awards are crucial in recognising those outstanding contributions made by individuals, teams and our partners, I am humbled and delighted to be part of them.

"I know what a sterling job police officers and staff do which I have seen at first-hand, despite some the difficulties they confront day-in day-out and I want to say a big thank you, you should all be very proud and I know the communities we serve are also very supportive and appreciative of your commitment." Full list of awards presented and this year's winners:

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Award for Extraordinary Public Service, sponsored by Interserve:
Mark Plovie - Bradford District Neighbourhood Policing Team
Mark's knowledge and partnership working has brought a genuine reduction in offending, and his knowledge has proven vital in bringing offenders to justice.

1 Award For Extraordinary Public Service , Sponsored By Interserve

Adams McGill Award for Protection of Vulnerable Victims:
DC Laura Casey - Bradford District
Laura's continued commitment and dedication is seen as one of good practice, and her work has been shared forcewide as a good example of safeguarding victims of child sexual exploitation.

2 Adams Mc Gill Award For Protection Of Vulnerable Victims

Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity:
PC Amjad Ditta - Human Resources Amjad's enthusiasm and dedication to recruitment has resulted in a large increase in police officer recruits from black, minority and ethnic backgrounds.

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Denis Hoban Award for Crime Investigation, sponsored by LGC:
Marcin Siarczynski Investigation Team - Protective Services Crime, Kirklees District
The murder investigation team into the death of Marcin Siarczynski showed unrelenting dedication and professionalism, to ensure a conviction was brought in an extremely sensitive investigation.

4 Denis Hoban Award For Crime Investigation , Sponsored By LGC

Student Officer of the Year, sponsored bym Tri Care Health Scheme
PC Steve Smith - Leeds District
Steve's work ethic and ability has impressed senior officers in the force - attending over 654 incidents last year, despite taking time away from frontline policing for student attachments.

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Sharon Beshenivsky Trophy - PCSO of the Year, sponsered by Police Mutual
PCSO Matthew Mason - Leeds District Matt's knowledge of the Harehills ward and his relationships within the various communities in Harehills means he is the go to person for policing and crime in the area.

6 Sharon Beshenivsky Trophy - PCSO Of The Year , Sponsered By Police Mutua

Ian Broadhurst Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Roads Policing
A/PS Cameron Buchan - Protective Services Operations, Bradford District
Cameron's campaigning and enthusiasm has helped reassure the Bradford community of West Yorkshire Police's dedication in tackling dangerous drivers.

7 Ian Broadhurst Trophy For Outstanding Contribution

Colin Cramphorn Trophy for Contribution to Neighbourhood Policing, sponsored by Blue Start Software
PC Charlie Banks - Wakefield District
Charlie has been described as a "credit to the force" for his dedication to the education of young people, protecting many young people in the area for crime.

8 Colin Cramphorn Trophy For Contribution To Neighbourhood Policing

Solving Problems With Partners Award, sponsored by Axon Public Safety
Kirklees District Mental Health Nurses
Helen Riley, Gail Tinker and Christopher Hodge often take on sensitive work that officers are not always briefed on how to deal with, and are increasing awareness on how to deal with mental health illness.

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Special Constable of the Year Award
SO Paul Hitchman - Leeds District
Paul's hard-work and dedication has had a significant impact in preventing crime late at night in Leeds city centre, and ensures he supports the Leeds Patrol teams int heir day-to-day duties.

10 Special Constable Of The Year Award

Volunteer of the Year Award
David Lawson - Leeds District and Protective Services Crime
David covers around 5,000 households in Rawdon and Yeadon as part of his job of overseeing neighbourhood watch scheme, and has been an ambassador for the scheme for over 30 years.

11 Volunteer Of The Year Award

Award for Outstanding Leadership
Inspector Mohammed Rauf - Kirklees District
The Kirklees Inspector works tirelessly in the support of the community he serves, using strong leadership style to encourage and support colleagues.

12 Award For Outstanding Leadership

Police Bravery Award, sponsored by West Yorkshire Police Federation
PCs Craig Nicholls and Jonathan Wright - Kirklees District
Craig and Jonathan put the safety of others before their own, following a man armed with a gun and knife through the streets before detaining him and holding him to the ground.

13 Award For Outstanding Leadership

Award for Innovation in Policing
Auto Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Team - Protective Services Operations
27 missing people were found, over £11m worth of stolen vehicles were traced and over 900 arrests were made in 2016 due to the pioneering work carried out by West Yorkshire Police's ANPR team to trace vehicles.

14 Award For Innovation In Policing

Lifetime Achievement Award
PC John Leak - Protective Services Operations
Jack has been recognised for his positive attitude, leadership and desire for excellence throughout his career, and has been described as exemplifying the West Yorkshire Police ethos and highest standards of policing.

15 Lifetime Achievement Award

Employee of the Year, presented by the Police and Crime Commissioner
PCs Craig Nicholls and Jonathan Wright - Kirklees District

16 Employee Of The Year , Presented By The Police And Crime Commissioner

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