Outstanding work by officers and staff at Cheshire Constabulary was recognised at the force’s annual ACE (Achieving Cheshire Excellence) Awards event.
The awards recognise individuals and teams who have gone that extra mile and demonstrated exceptional commitment to policing in Cheshire.
t was a night of celebration at this year’s gala awards evening, which took place on Friday, 15 September at Fir Grove Hallmark Hotel in Warrington.
PCSO Eric Harwood was one of those who picked up an award after the public voted him as the winner of this year’s Community Engagement Award.
PCSO Harwood has helped with community integration in Ellesmere Port and said: “It’s an absolute honour to win this award.
"We've got a great team in Ellesmere Port and it’s an absolute pleasure being able to help people in the community we serve."
Ten other awards were also handed out on the night.
Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick, who was presenting the awards, said: “The ACE Awards is a great opportunity to recognise some of the fantastic work that is done across Cheshire Constabulary each and every day.
"This year's awards ceremony once again demonstrated that we have some of the best police officers and staff members in the country, and reflected the dedication and commitment I see every day across the constabulary.
"Everyone who was nominated deserves recognition for going above and beyond the call of duty to support victims of crime or their wider communities. I would also like to congratulate and give a special mention to all those who won awards."
A number of sponsors including SCC, Telent, Dell EMC and the Cheshire Police Federation supported this year’s event.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: "I am enormously impressed by all the work undertaken to keep our communities safe and the ACE Awards are a fantastic opportunity to highlight and recognise this hard work. I would like to congratulate all of this year's winners."
"This year I sponsored the Volunteer of the Year Award and am delighted to be able to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of our volunteer team, and Gregor Stewart was an extremely deserving recipient of this award.
“One of my key policing priorities is to provide a service connected to our communities and our highly skilled and dedicated volunteers are a perfect example of this community-centred cohesion.”
2017 ACE Award winners
Below is a full list of the award categories and winners at this year’s Cheshire Constabulary ACE Awards:
Creativity and Innovation
PC Upile Mtitimila has been instrumental in a number of closure orders and has helped compile a guidance book to ensure best practice across the Force.
Sgt Leeroy Moss has consistently adapted, improved and implemented new procedures to support staff and encourage high performance.
Service to Victims
PC Katrina Bonnon works tirelessly in her role and always has the best interests of the victim at the heart of every incident she attends.
Working in Partnerships
PC Paul Jukes has been instrumental in the creation of the Complex Youth Scheme which aims to help those who are involved in low-level criminal activity.
PCSO Eric Harwood has taken responsibility within Ellesmere Port as a police liaison for community integration.
Volunteer of the Year
Gregor Stewart has been the driving force behind the formation and development of the Warrington Street Pastors – leading to a significant reduction in anti-social behaviour.
Team of the Year
PC Paul Mullen & PC Martyn Campbell have worked tirelessly to address safety issues around heavy goods vehicles and commercial vehicles using Cheshire’s roads, in particular motorways.
Special Constable of the Year
Sgt Grant Williams has supported local policing teams by volunteering 1,004 hours of his time during the past year, as well as taking the lead for licensing issues.
PCSO of the Year
PCSO Tony Spruce has been innovative in his approach to working with young people in Warrington. On example is the Victoria Park Experience, which attracted more than 10,000 people during the summer holidays.
Police Staff of the Year
Katie Howell consistently goes the extra mile, managing the Acting Chief Constable’s national portfolio for disability. She has worked closely with the Disabled Police Association to provide opportunities for those with autism and dyslexia.
Police Officer of the Year
PC Kerry Barber has helped tackle issues of anti-social behaviour which have been caused by a number of individuals who are under the influence of alcohol or new psychoactive substances within Warrington town centre.