West Yorkshire Police pair recognised in New Year Honours (31 Dec 2016)

A senior West Yorkshire Police Officer and the Force's longest serving police staff member are recognised in the New Year Honours.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams receives the Queen's Police Medal (QPM), while Human Resources Resourcing Manager Danny Wilks is awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

T/ACC Williams, who is responsible for District Policing across the county as well as the Custody and Criminal Justice portfolios, receives the QPM for her distinguished service.

Having served as a police officer in the county for 25 years, her early postings were in Leeds and Bradford, before moving to the Professional Standards Department at Headquarters.

T/ACC Williams has since served as a District Commander at Bradford, Airedale and latterly Calderdale Districts where she dealt with a number of high profile incidents and improved performance and outcomes for vulnerable crime victims.

She is widely recognised for her work to champion diversity, motivate and lead as well as her work to inspire colleagues and act as a role model.

T/ACC Williams, who is married with two children and lives in North Leeds, has a key role with the British Association of Women in Policing as the West Yorkshire branch lead.

She said: "I am absolutely overwhelmed and shocked to receive such recognition, but feel extremely honoured and humbled. I am proud to work as a West Yorkshire Police officer joining incredible colleagues serving the people of West Yorkshire."

Mr Wilks, who has 47 years' service with West Yorkshire Police, has been involved in policing HR for many years at a national level. He is currently managing HR for the Force's Positive Action Recruitment Campaign and is awarded the OBE for services to policing and voluntary services to Justice and the community in West Yorkshire.

After leaving school at 16, he started his career as a Junior Clerk in West Yorkshire Police Headquarters Mail Room before progressing through a variety of roles in HR. He has been a Lay Member of Employment Tribunals for 20 years and is a Member of Chapter at Wakefield Cathedral.

He is married with a 15 year old son and lives at Stanley, near Wakefield.

In 2015 he was awarded the Force's own award for Extraordinary Public Service, in recognition of the positive impact he had made on the police service nationally as a HR professional.

Mr Wilks said: "It is both a surprise and an honour. West Yorkshire Police has changed significantly since the day I started, but I still enjoy every minute of the work, at both a local and national level. I have been privileged to work with many professional and dedicated people throughout my service with West Yorkshire Police.

"This is an exciting time for West Yorkshire Police, as the ability to recruit again has given us an opportunity to really focus on attracting candidates from our diverse communities. Our next recruitment window opens on 9th January 2017 and I encourage people to take a look at us as a potential employer".

West Yorkshire Chief Constable Dee Collins said:

"I am delighted that Angela and Danny have been recognised for their hard work and contributions to West Yorkshire Police and to our communities.

"Angela is a progressive, enthusiastic and highly motivated person and a valued member of my Chief Officer Team. Her approach typifies the forward-thinking organisation West Yorkshire Police is evolving into as we move into 2017 and beyond.

"Danny's expertise on HR matters is highly valued not just here, but at a national level. He has been instrumental in ensuring the smooth progress of our current recruitment process and is a real asset to West Yorkshire Police."

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said:

"This recognition is very well deserved.

"I have worked with both Angela and Danny many times over the years. Angela has a wealth of experience and commitment to various operational policing roles and Danny is expert in his field and part of the fabric of West Yorkshire Police, with a vast amount of knowledge in the HR area.

"While their roles are very different, they both play a valued and key part in the continued work by West Yorkshire Police in helping to keep our communities safe. I would like to warmly congratulate them both on this great news."

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Brandon Lewis, said:

"I would like to congratulate Danny Wilks and Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams on receiving their respective honours. They are a credit to West Yorkshire Police and I am particularly pleased that officers and staff from the frontline right through to senior leaders are being recognised. It is their hard work and dedication that means we are cutting crime and keeping our communities safe."

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