Incredible acts of bravery, dedication in protecting the vulnerable and innovative ways of keeping people safe have all been honoured at Northumbria Police’s annual awards ceremony.
The Pride in Policing Awards celebrates the outstanding contributions made by officers, staff and volunteers while serving the communities we are privileged to be a part of here in the North East.
In total, 19 awards were handed out last night (Thursday) during the ceremony held at the Biscuit Factory in Ouseburn.
Excellent detective work, those who ensure inclusion is at the heart of everything they do and people who inspire others were also recognised.
Chief Constable Winton Keenen said the awards offered just a snapshot of the commitment shown every single day by those who proudly represent the Force.
“I am continually overwhelmed by the outstanding contributions made by officers, staff and volunteers – individuals and teams who constantly go above and beyond while serving their communities,” he said.
“I know they don’t do this for recognition and it is both humbling and an honour to reflect upon and showcase their selfless actions.
“The winners and nominees are a shining example to us all, displaying the very qualities and values which make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives.
“There are, of course, many others who it was not possible to recognise in one evening and I would like to offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who carries out their duties with such passion and unwavering professionalism in the face of ever-changing and new challenges.”
Chief Constable Keenen also thanked all the sponsors who had helped to make the evening possible.
The Awards were held on the same day as White Ribbon Day, a campaign which aims to end male violence against women, and this was incorporated into the event. The importance of the day was highlighted as part of the speeches, and white ribbon pin badges were clearly in evidence on the night.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, was present at the ceremony.
She said: “The stories behind the awards last night really are just a snapshot of the bravery, dedication and caring work that goes on day in day out.
“The winners will say it’s just part of the job but whether you’re an officer, police staff or volunteer – the job is like no other.
“It’s only right that we show our gratitude and appreciation for everything that goes on to fight crime, prevent crime and improve lives in the communities across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.”
We will be sharing stories about the winners over the coming weeks.
If their stories inspire you, then why not consider a career with Northumbria Police.
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