Officers, Staff and Public Honoured at Calderdale District Awards

Thursday, 24 October 2019

picture of PC Caulfield, PC Riorden, PC Gomes, PC Taylor
PC Caulfield, PC Riorden, PC Gomes, PC Taylor

An officer who detained a man reported to be in possession of a firearm, a volunteer who has given up over 1,100 hours and a detective who secured convictions against two robbers, were among those honoured at the Calderdale District awards.

Courageous police officers, staff and members of the public were celebrated at the 2019 District Commander's Awards held at Halifax's Shay Stadium on Wednesday (23/10).

The awards commended Section Officer Andrew Taylor, from the Calderdale Special Constabulary, who has volunteered over 1,100 hours – three times the average amount – to West Yorkshire Police.

PC Suzanne Forrest was praised for her bravery after a member of the public reported seeing a man with a gun and – without hesitation – rushed towards him to arrest him. He was found in possession of metal ball bearings and a gas-powered BB gun was found discarded nearby.

PCSO Chloe Firth
PCSO Chloe Firth

Detective Sergeant Ross Wadsworth, from Halifax CID, was honoured for his investigative work into a cash in transit robbery in Todmorden in February 2018.

DS Wadsworth's meticulous attention to detail and dedication to prosecuting those responsible resulted in the arrest and conviction of two professional and violent criminals, who were jailed for 20 years each.


Calderdale District Commander, Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead said:

"Every day our police officers put themselves in harm's way in order to protect our communities.

"These awards offer a snapshot of the excellent work and unrelenting dedication which my officers and staff show day in, day out.

"They do all they can to keep Calderdale safe and I am incredibly proud of their commitment, dedication and bravery.

"It is rare that we get the opportunity to recognise members of the public who put themselves in danger to save others, and I am also proud to be able to recognise some of the selfless acts committed by some of our volunteers and residents. These men and women should be proud of the invaluable contribution they have made."

Among others who received awards on the night were:

Section Officer Andrew Taylor
Section Officer Andrew Taylor
  • PC Gareth Philpott whose swift and determined actions saved the life of a woman who fell from Burdock Way into the fast-flowing river below.
  • PC Callum Gomes and PC Dean Riordan who responded first to a victim of a stabbing, performing first aid, recovering a knife and securing the scene.
  • PS Ryan Stockton and PC Angela Lister who provided first aid to a stabbing victim, who appeared at the backdoor of Halifax police station in the middle of the night.
  • PC Katie Sargeant who went the extra mile to support a victim of hate crime, in securing a prosecution against the perpetrator and ensuring the victim was safeguarded.
  • PCSO Chloe Firth, who won PCSO of the year for her hard work in tracing and arrested wanted suspects. 
  • Members of the public Gaynor Collins and Brandon Hill, who stopped a suspect who was trying to covertly film women in a shop in Halifax. Their actions prevented sexual offences from being committed and secured evidence to prosecute the suspect.
  • A NPAS crew, ANPR officers, Roads Policing offices, Response officers, CID officers and dog handlers who worked together to catch, arrest and prosecute four men for a series of burglaries across Calderdale and the Greater Manchester area.
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