Officers, Staff, Volunteers and Members of Public Honoured at Kirklees Awards
Friday, 11 March, 2016
The event was held at Huddersfield University on Thursday, 10 March, with the awards presented by Kirklees District Commander Chief Superintendent Steve Cotter.
Among those commended was member of the public Gail Heaton who was given the Police Public Bravery Award for confronting a man who was attempting to rob a lone 75-year-old woman. She offered the pensioner shelter while she reported the matter to the police and told an attending officer that she had just done what she expected anyone else to do in her position.
A number of other members of the public and people from partner agencies also received awards at the ceremony:
- Michelle Simpson was recognised at the awards for the efforts she made to resuscitate a three-year-old boy who had inadvertently strangled himself at his home in Dalton. She heard the boy's mother’s cries for help and took control of the situation, calling an ambulance and commencing CPR until paramedics arrived. Sadly the child did not survive but Ms Simpson was commended for giving him a fighting chance and giving hope to the boy's family.
- Couple Darren and Theresa Tyrrell received awards for their public spirited actions in stopping and helping the victim of a street robbery and selflessly confronting the suspect which resulted in the recovery of the victim's stolen handbag and the subsequent identification of the offender.
- James Auterson and Park Ranger Paul Mullany were recognised for their quick and decisive actions in protecting three young people from a dangerous offender and their continued support of the subsequent prosecution which led to the offender receiving a substantial custodial sentence.
- Two nurses - Gail Tinker and Helen Riley - received awards for their professionalism, initiative and partnership working with police colleagues resulting in the safe location of high risk missing people. Mention was made at the ceremony that these are just two examples of many incidents that nurses have been involved in in the district.
- Street Ranger Monica Simpson was given an award in recognition of the instrumental role she has played in bringing prolific shoplifters to justice as well as other suspects identified from the Caught on Camera section of the West Yorkshire Police website. In one morning alone she identified four people.
- Sainsburys Security Officer Tom Wrigglesworth was commended for his quick actions and vigilance leading to the identification and arrest of a wanted thief who was targeting elderly victims in a Huddersfield store.
- Two officers and two members of the public who have worked together to make the London Park Estate in Mirfield a better place for tenants, residents and visitors, were given awards. PC Kathryn Jagger, PC Rosaleen Hird, Prim Mumford and Richard Tedder together obtained an indefinite bolt-on ASBO for two individuals continuously causing issues on the estate which prevented them from entering the area. Prim and Richard also gathered evidence to prevent ASBO conditions being lifted on another individual.
Three members of Kirklees Special Constabulary were recognised for their commitment to West Yorkshire Police. SC Steph Hawkins volunteered over 1,000 hours in a ten month period and has developed specialist interviewing and public order skills to provide enhanced support to Kirklees District; while SC Ryan Sharp volunteered over 1,200 hours in 12 months and has developed specialist driving and public order skills. Section Officer Dean Hemingway was commended for his excellent work as a serial supervisor at football matches and for leading a number of projects in Chickenley and Thornhill which have reduced anti-social behaviour.
A number of officers and staff also received awards from the District Commander for their work to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and make Kirklees a safer place to live, work and socialise.
- Analyst Karen Field was recognised for her outstanding analytical work in identifying the suspect for two violent robberies at travel agents in Slaithwaite and Cleckheaton and her diligence in identifying a further robbery suspect based only on a tattoo description. Both suspects were subsequently handed long custodial sentences thus preventing further offending and protecting the public of Kirklees.
- Police Community Support Officer Melanie Towers received an award in recognition of her commitment and tenacity which led to the arrest of an agitated and violent man wanted for recall to prison.
- PCSO Towers also received a second award, alongside PC James Berriman, for their actions in saving the life of a woman who had had a suspected heart attack in Dewsbury. PC Berriman contacted Yorkshire Ambulance Service and relayed information to PCSO Towers who commenced CPR until paramedics arrived. The paramedics stated that if PCSO Towers had not started CPR straight away then the woman would have most certainly passed away.
- PCSO Jonathan Smith was commended for phoning and waiting for the police while off-duty after noticing a vehicle in a field in Emley with two occupants with balaclavas on. His actions led to the arrest and charge of two known criminals.
- A PCSO and four police officers were recognised for their attempts to save the life of a man found apparently unconscious and unresponsive in a vehicle and the support they have the man's family throughout the incident. PCSO Katy Taylor, who did not attend the ceremony, noticed a man while out on patrol in Batley who was slumped in his vehicle, hooked up to a virtually empty oxygen tank. PCSO Taylor called for assistance and PC Ashley Barrett, PC Thomas Phillips, PC Nigel Milner and PC Andrew Maloney attended and, alongside PCSO Taylor, provided first aid, made contact with the man's family and obtained more oxygen at his home. Sadly, the man passed away in hospital the following day but due to the officers' actions his family were at least able to attend at the hospital and say their goodbyes.
- PCs Liam Martindale and Christopher King received an award in recognition of their quick reaction and proficient use of CPR after being first on the scene of an incident in Huddersfield in which an elderly man was found hanging.
- The Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Team - consisting of PS Zaheer Abbas, PC Louise Scholey, PC Natalie King, PC Carly Shooter, PC Laura Jackson (not in attendance), PCSO Jonathan Arey, PCSO Morgan Cockroft and PCSO Paul Simpkins - were recognised for delivering three major community-focused crime prevention schemes in which the community themselves played an integral part. The three projects were a parody of Disney song 'Let it Go' with messages from the seasonal drink drive, darker nights and crime prevention campaigns; the setting up of Boxercise classes for young children and teenagers and the development of an app for university students with information on current issues and crime prevention advice.
- PS Zaheer Abbas received another award for the exceptional quality of service and leadership he displayed at two challenging incidents which occurred on the same day. He first acted as Bronze Commander following a firearms discharge in the Crosland Moor area of Huddersfield; supervising unarmed district staff as they assisted armed officers in securing the scene. He then took on the Bronze Commander role at the scene of a murder where a woman had been fatally injured and a young boy injured.
- PCSOs Peter Larrad and Steve Lowman were recognised for their brave actions in confronting and detaining a man in possession of a Taser in Huddersfield town centre after being first on the scene. It was a challenging public order situation with others trying to assist the suspect's escape.
- PC Harvey Bingham received an award in recognition of his skill, determination and commitment in bringing to justice a group of offenders associated with serious football related violence
Judge's commendations were also presented at the awards ceremony for two investigations which led to a number of defendants being jailed.
- DC James Bellhouse and Senior Analyst Chloe Froggett were commended by HH Wright QC (Recorder of Leeds) for their outstanding professionalism and diligence in conducting a complex and challenging investigation in relation to a large scale conspiracy to handle stolen goods operation which led to the conviction of eight men.
- Acting PS James Bellhouse, DC Adam Johnson, Analyst Karen Field and Analyst Penelope Kaye were commended by HH Judge Jameson QC for their professionalism, commitment and diligence in bringing to justice five defendants in a complex case of conspiracy to burgle.
Kirklees District Commander Chief Superintendent Steve Cotter said: "I am immensely proud of the work that is going on on a daily basis across Kirklees district by our officers, staff and volunteers to protect the vulnerable and bring offenders to justice. These awards are just as a snapshot of the many initiatives and incidents that we are involved in and demonstrate the commitment, dedication and, at times, selfless actions of members of the Kirklees policing team in going above and beyond to keep our communities safe.
"It is not just our own officers and staff who have been recognised; the awards given to members of the public and those working for partnership organisations show the invaluable role that the wider community also play in keeping people safe.
"Everyone who has received an award should be extremely proud of the invaluable contribution they have made."