Saturday, June 18, 2022

The hard work and bravery of police, staff, volunteers and partners over the past year has been celebrated at the annual West Yorkshire Police Awards ceremony.

This year’s event took place at the Centenary Pavilion on Elland Road in Leeds yesterday (Friday June 17) and was the first without any coronavirus restrictions imposed since 2019.

The evening was hosted by BBC Look North presenter Phil Bodmer and attended by the team of chief officers and many local dignitaries.

This year also saw the introduction of a new award – the West Yorkshire Police Humane Award – which was awarded to officers who provided life-saving first aid to the victim of an attempted murder in the Kirklees district, and a special recognition award to Deputy Chief of Police Russ Foster for his many years in police leadership.

Speaking after the event, Chief Constable John Robins QPM DL said:

“Each year we see so many examples where our police officers, staff and volunteers have gone above and beyond what is expected of them. It is therefore very difficult for our jury to choose only a few each year to receive these awards.

“Everyone who received an award tonight has made a significant contribution to West Yorkshire Policing over the past year, and everyone who has been nominated can be proud too.

“The police continue to go through very difficult times, but tonight is further proof that in West Yorkshire we have some of the best people equipped to deal with these challenges and provide the best service to keep our communities safe. »

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: ‘I was absolutely honored to attend the awards night and to have the opportunity to personally thank so many police officers, staff and volunteers for everything what theyre doing.

“It was fantastic to meet the heroes behind some of the most innovative, selfless and courageous acts carried out in our communities, and a real privilege to present the award for outstanding contribution to equality and diversity, themes that are close to my heart. to heart.”

The full list of prizes and winners was as follows:

Extraordinary Public Service Award
Winner: The team who were first to the scene of a road accident at Westgate in Wakefield – for their hard work and initial handling of the investigation

Adams McGill Prize for the Protection of Vulnerable Victims
Winner: Op Brimshot – for their tenacity, perseverance and dedication in investigating the events experienced by a baby in the first nine months of life.

Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity
Winner: Affirmative Action Team – for their dedication and commitment to reaching out and engaging with our underrepresented communities

Dennis Hoban Award for Criminal Investigations
Winner: Operation Plumeham – for their dedication and tenacity working on this murder investigation, which resulted in a number of convictions

West Yorkshire Police Human Award
Winner: The team who were first to the scene of an attempted murder at Spinners Close, Kirklees – for ensuring the initial police response helped provide crucial information for the subsequent investigation

Sharon Beshenivsky, PCSO of the Year Award
Winner: PCSO Rebecca Norbury – for her innovation, creativity and personal commitment to developing and managing information and intelligence networks in downtown Wakefield.

Ian Broadhurst Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Traffic Policing
Winner: PS Gary Roper – for his hard work and dedication to traffic policing and for the support and commitment he has given to the Operations Support Leadership Team

Special Constable of the Year Award
Winner: Junior Cadet Project – SSO Alan Studd and PSV Annette Jones – for their dedication and commitment to the Junior Cadet Program.

Volunteer of the Year Award
Winner: PSV Declan Heaton – for his sustained commitment to supporting the West Yorkshire Police Cadet Scheme, which has helped improve the lives and opportunities of young people

Colin Cramphorn Trophy for his contribution to neighborhood policing
Winner: BD3 Unite – for their hard work at Bradford Moor to develop and deliver a partnership response to serious and organized crime

Troubleshoot issues with Award Partners
Winner: Amanda Hirst – for her work to bring about fundamental changes to the case progression pathway in West Yorkshire Police

Outstanding Leadership Award
Winner: Joanne Pickett – for her leadership within the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organized Crime Unit

Police Bravery Award
Winner: PC Tom Swift and Mike Watkins – for their brave actions in disarming a man on a bus with a knife

Policing Innovation Award
Winner: Pol Ed – for his innovation and commitment to creating and producing an educational resource to help keep young people in West Yorkshire safe

team of the year
Winner: The team that was first on the scene of a fire in Kirklees (Op Plotcrest) – for their work and initial handling of the investigation

Life Achievement Award
Winner: DCI Mark Gaunt – for his dedication and commitment to West Yorkshire Police

Student Officer of the Year
Winner: PC Alice Holt – for her dedication and commitment as a member of the Bradford Domestic Abuse team.

Special Recognition Award
Winner: Deputy Chief Constable Russ Foster – for his many years as police chief