West Yorkshire Policing Awards 2015 (16 May 2015)

West Yorkshire Police honoured its heroes at its annual awards ceremony which was held at the Force's state-of-the-art Carr Gate training facility last night.

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, Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "This Awards event is our opportunity to recognise those whose single and collective contributions represent the finest traditions of policing in West Yorkshire.

I want to pay personal tribute to every member of our policing family who work tirelessly, all year round, to keep our communities safer and feeling safer, never forgetting their families and friends who support them to do their very best. Our Force faces many challenges at the moment, and it is therefore incredibly important that we value and thank everyone who plays their part towards policing.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, added: "I was amazed at the courage and commitment shown by all of the finalists - they are all fantastic ambassadors for West Yorkshire Police.

"Day in day out they deliver an exceptional service, helping make all our communities safer and feeling safer."

The Temporary Chief Constable also thanked the generous help of the commercial organisations who supported the awards.

The Winners on the evening were: 

West Yorkshire Policing Award for Extraordinary Public Service, Sponsored by Kings Security

Danny Wilks, Human Resources

Danny Wilks is an extraordinary effective, committed and dedicated public servant who has made a significant positive impact to the police service nationally as a Human Resources professional during his 48 years' service.

Adams McGill Award for the Protection of Vulnerable Victims

Detective Inspector Ian Mottershaw, Kirklees

Working within Kirklees Child Safeguarding Unit, DS Ian Mottershaw has built excellent links with partner agencies and introduced innovative working practices making sure that vulnerable children are protected from harm.

Dennis Hoban Award for Crime Investigation, Sponsored by LGC

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Snow, Hmet

Over the past 30 years DCI Steve Snow has provided an outstanding contribution to crime investigation within West Yorkshire Police leading to the imprisonment of many offenders for considerable sentences and getting justice for all families involved.

Ian Broadhurst Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Road Policing, Sponsored by Police Money Matters

Detective Constable Paul Lightowler, Protective Services Operations

DC Lightowler was the investigating officer and family liaison officer following a fatal road traffic incident which affected the lives of many people and gained national and international attention.

The Sharon Beshenivsky Trophy - PCSO of the Year, Sponsored by Police Mutual

Police Community Support Officer Ryan Scott, Kirklees

PCSO Ryan Scott has made a significant difference to the Batley and Spen area by using his extensive local knowledge to protect members of the public and remove serious offenders from the street. 

Student Officer of the Year, Sponsored by West Yorkshire Police Federation Health Fund

Police Constable Kevin Scott, Calderdale

During his time at Calderdale, PC Kevin Scott has shown to be a tenacious and enthusiastic officer demonstrating his love for his role and, serving and protecting the community of Calderdale. He has used his knowledge of offenders, proactive ability and lateral thinking to lead many projects within the district with exceptional results for an officer so young in service.

Outstanding Leadership

There are two winners in this category:

Superintendent Pat Casserley, Protective Services Operations

Since Pat's arrival at Protective Services Operations his visible presence throughout the district has helped encourage and motivate officers to drive performance through ongoing change.

Superintendent Vince Firth, Bradford

Vince has lead the way at Bradford District Safeguarding by creating a partnership response to tackling Child Sexual Exploitation 'The Hub'. 

Police Bravery Award, Sponsored by the West Yorkshire Police Federation

Police Constable Richard Whiteley and Police Constable Suzanne Hudson

PC's Whiteley and Hudson attended a routine call in Leeds which had devastating consequences. Richard acting without any regard for his own safety, challenged an armed suspect and provided first aid to a colleague in need. Since this incident Suzanne has shown remarkable bravery and resilience in extremely difficult circumstances.

Solving Problems with Partners Award

Detective Sergeant Paul Simm, Detective Constable Joe Aspinall and Andy Clough, Hope for Justice

The team forged new working relationships to help rescue 30 victims from squalid conditions and ensured they were safely rehoused. It also broke up a significant organised crime group and laid the groundwork for future successful investigations.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Hishaam Mohammed, Bradford

Hishaam provides invaluable voluntary support to the neighbourhood policing teams in Bradford. Over the past 12months Hishaam has attended 40 events and totalled 183 hours voluntary work.

Special Constable of the Year Award

Senior Section Officer Stuart Clarke, Kirklees

Stuart shows exemplary commitment and enthusiasm providing invaluable support to the Kirklees District in a voluntary capacity within the Special Constabulary for over 20 years.

Colin Cramphorn Trophy for Contribution to Neighbourhood Policing, Sponsored by Wakefield District Housing

Halifax Town Centre Team, Calderdale

After concerns were raised about Halifax Town Centre, Calderdale district brought together a dedicated and committed team to help create a safe place by skilled policing and the development of strong working relationships with partners.

Team of the Year, Sponsored by West Yorkshire Police Federation

Le Grand Depart Planning Team

The dedicated planning team of the Yorkshire Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014 played a major role in the planning, coordinating and delivery which was key to the success of the event drawing significant praise from the community and partners.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Police Sergeant (Retired) Michael Bowden

Micky is an active and present member of the community in Todmorden, leading by example to tackle crime and build public confidence making him a shining example of community policing.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Employee of the Year Award

Police Constable Richard Whiteley and Police Constable Suzanne Hudson

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