Special award for a special officer Date published: 17th September 2019 12.19pm

A special sergeant has been recognised by colleagues for his work on a series of successful operations.

Michael Harrison, who gives up his own time to support the work of Cheshire Constabulary, was one of the founders of the Pro-active Licensing Unit.

His leadership has been instrumental in carrying out operations with partner agencies, resulting in some fantastic results.

These include numerous arrests, fines issued in the region of £200,000 and premises being closed due to fire safety problems, as well as illegal cigarettes, other tobacco products and thousands of pounds in cash being seized.

Michael was presented with the Special Constable of the Year gong at the constabulary’s Achieving Cheshire Excellence (ACE) Awards, which took place at Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel on Friday 13 September.

The ACE Awards are the constabulary’s highest accolades that can be awarded to an individual or team that has gone the extra mile or demonstrated exceptional commitment to policing in Cheshire.

He said: “I was very surprised to hear my name read out. This award isn’t just for me, it’s for the entire unit. It is a real team effort.

“It’s very humbling to be put forward and I feel very privileged. Some of our partnership work with immigration, trading standards and security agencies is now leading the way nationally and we are very proud of that.”

Chief Constable Darren Martland said: “I’m extremely proud of the fantastic work our officers, staff and volunteers do each and every day to help keep Cheshire safe.

“It is important that we dedicate an opportunity like the Ace Awards to celebrate some of this work and hear the inspirational stories which have led to this year’s nominations.

“We have some truly outstanding people at Cheshire Constabulary and I would like to personally congratulate all those who were nominated by their colleagues.

“They all deserve this recognition for their dedicated service to both the constabulary and the communities of Cheshire.”

David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, added: “The ACE Awards provide us with an opportunity to celebrate the incredible achievements of Cheshire Constabulary’s talented officers, staff and volunteers and I am incredibly proud of the work that each and every member of the force carries out round the clock to protect local residents.

“A huge congratulations to all of those who have been recognised at this year’s awards.

“Once again, we have heard some inspirational stories of bravery, commitment and going the extra mile to keep Cheshire residents safe.”