The excellent work of police officers, staff and members of the public from Bradford District over the last year have been celebrated at a special ceremony.
The Bradford District Policing Awards, which took place at the National Media Museum in the city today (Thursday), saw more than 80 people recognised for their efforts in preventing and detecting crime and protecting vulnerable members of the public.
Bradford District Commander Chief Superintendent Scott Bisset hosted the event, which was also attended by senior leaders from West Yorkshire Police’s Chief Officer Team and partners.
Among the members of the public honoured for their bravery were Darryl Smith and Jacquie Smith, who detained a man after a car was broken into, and Naz Rashid, who helped to protect two females after they were attacked in their home.
Also recognised was Lee Northin, who chased after and detained a suspect following a robbery at a cashpoint, and Sharon Asquith, who helped police to detain three suspects for burglary.
Among the officers and staff receiving bravery awards were PCSOs Adam Lee and Attique Amin, who were recognised for their assistance in protecting officers while they were arresting a violent male.
Sergeant Noel Whitaker and PCs Michael Daisey and Dave Mitchell were praised for their efforts when they were deployed to an incident in Bradford City centre, where a man was threatening to harm himself and others with a broken bottle.
Among those receiving Judge’s Commendations were Detective Constable Alison Hanson, who was commended for her work on a rape investigation, which resulted in an 18-year sentence for the perpetrator.
Alison also received an award for her service to West Yorkshire Police over the last 30 years.
Detective Constables Jodie Hayes and Louise Clayton were recognised for their efforts in securing convictions for a historic sexual abuse investigation which involved a number of victims from across the district and saw the main perpetrator jailed for 21 years.
The Bradford District Cyber Team were also rewarded for their e-Safeguarding training, which was delivered to more than 31,000 youngsters and their parents in the 2017/18 academic year.
Ch Supt Bisset, said:
“It’s great to publicly recognise fantastic examples of Police work. I would like to congratulate all the winners for their efforts and achievements which have helped to keep people in Bradford District safe over the last year.
“Some of the stories behind these awards highlight the challenges faced every day by all those working in the Police who work tirelessly in difficult circumstances – I am extremely proud of their commitment and unquestionable dedication to serving the people of the district.
“It is also a privilege to recognise outstanding efforts from members of the public and the responsibility they felt to step in. The support of communities is crucial to effective policing and they should be very proud of their actions and achievements.”