Bravery and innovation recognised at Rotherham District Awards

Date published: 24 April 2018 14:18
Dated: 24 April 2018 14:24:00

An off-duty Police Community Support Officer who saved the life of a baby, a team of officers who formed a ‘human chain’ to pull a man from a freezing river and a PC who talked a man down from the roof of a bus station were just a few of the “exceptional” stories celebrated at this year’s Rotherham District Awards.

Held at the New York Stadium on Monday (23 April), a group of officers, police staff, volunteers, members of the public and partners came together to recognise “bravery, good work and innovation”.

District Commander for Rotherham Chief Superintendent Rob Odell led the evening and paid tribute to “each and every one” who serves the district.

He said: “I’m absolutely privileged to share the hard work that all of you do.

“It’s a difficult task to pick people out and these awards are a small example of the really hard work that happens here in the borough on a daily basis.

“Every day it makes me proud to hear about the duties you are carrying out. All of our staff are committed to providing a good service to the people of Rotherham.”

The awards were presented by members of Rotherham’s Command Team as well as Rotherham Borough Council Chief Executive Sharon Kemp, Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings, ACC David Hartley and Chief Constable Stephen Watson.

CC Watson said: “All the awards are thoroughly deserved and I’m pleased to be able to recognise this excellence.

“Our job is to look after victims of crime and make sure that everybody goes about their daily business without coming to harm.

“None of what we do is possible without individuals who go the extra mile and to the members of public this is really, really, important.”

Winners:

Inspector Pete Longthorne – Making a Difference Award for initiative

Rotherham Central Neighbourhood Team – Partnership Award

PC Byne, PC Addis, PC Whatton, PS Gilmour, PC Casey, PC Robinson and TPS Adams – Bravery Award

PC Steve Robson – Officer of the year

Rotherham Child Abuse and CSE team – Team of the year

DS Denis Plaistow – Manager of the year

PCSO Stephanie McIntyre – PCSO of the year

Inspector Dave Struggles – Brian Moseley Neighbourhood Policing Officer of the year

PCSO Clare Ahern – Chief Constable Commendation

Paul Hunt of Rotherham Street Pastors - Community Service Award for Volunteer of the year

Stephen Hepworth – Special of the year

Five members of the public were recognised with Chief Superintendent Awards for their bravery at crime scenes – including the recent Ridgeway Road robbery where three men detained the offender who has now been jailed for six years.

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings said: “I know when it comes to awards that people often feel like ‘I’m just doing my job’ and sometimes they don’t like to be singled out.

“All I can say is that South Yorkshire Police is really fortunate to have people like you ‘just doing your job’.

“Thank you for all the work that you do.”
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