Community service recognised in New Year’s Honours (30 Dec 2017)

Two former West Yorkshire Police Officers have been recognised in the New Year's Honours Diane Winder, a retired West Yorkshire police officer who works as Neighbourhood Watch Liaison for the Leeds District, has been awarded an OBE for her work in the community.

Colin Skeath, a retired police inspector from Halifax has been recognised for his services to policing the communities of Calderdale and his charity work with an MBE.

Diane Winder

Diane has served 46 years as both a police officer and police staff member, and has held a number of different roles throughout her service, latterly as the Neighbourhood Watch Liaison for south Leeds and then for Leeds District in 2014. She also holds roles within her local church and diocese and supports a number of charities.

She was nominated by PC Fraser Corry, Leeds District Specials Liaison Officer. vShe said: "I was shocked but thrilled to receive a letter from the Cabinet Office informing me I had been awarded an OBE for my work within the community and felt it a great honour. This was quickly followed by panic about what I would wear when being presented with it.

"I have experienced many changes during my police service but have loved every minute of it. I have always tried to do my best for the communities I serve and for my colleagues.

"I'm also very grateful to Neighbourhood Watch members for the support they give me. It's the residents of Leeds who have chosen to support the police and their local community through Neighbourhood Watch who make such a difference and make my job brilliant."

Colin Skeath

Colin was the Halifax Town Centre Inspector since 2012 and retired after 27 years as a police officer in January 2017.

During his career, Colin was posted in a number of different roles across West Yorkshire, as both neighbourhood and response officer based at Holbeck and Milgarth, custody sergeant at Pudsey and response officer at Weetwood.

The last ten years of his career was spent in Calderdale where he was a response Sergeant before becoming the Inspector for Halifax. Through this role Colin met and worked with numerous partners to deliver the best service possible to the communities he served.

Colin was also the Inspector on duty during the Boxing day floods of 2015 and remembers the day as one of the toughest 18 hours in his career, as he and colleagues across the district pulled together to come to the aid of people across the Calder Valley.

It is Colin's time working in Calderdale that he remembers most fondly, and where he felt his biggest achievements have been; "I loved every minute of my time working in the district and was absolutely overwhelmed to receive the notification of this recognition. I am incredibly humbled to be recognised at such a level. I look back on my time within the police service with fond memories and was fortunate to meet and work with many brilliant and dedicated people. Without a doubt, my favourite role was working as Inspector for Halifax and I am delighted that this award highlights to work I did for those communities in my professional capacity and the work I have done in my personal time to support the charities closest to my heart."

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "I am delighted that Colin and Diane have been recognised in the New Year's Honours and congratulate them both. "Their respective commitment to serving our communities for many years is commendable and typifies the selfless approach to helping others that I see daily from West Yorkshire Police officers, staff and volunteers."

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "This recognition is very well deserved and these honours pay testament to the dedication and professionalism shown day in day out by people like Colin and Diane, who are committed to serving our communities.

"This is a valued and key part in the continued work by West Yorkshire Police in helping to keep our communities safe and feeling safe and I would like to warmly congratulate them both on this great news."

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