Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison, was our host for the evening and was joined by BBC Look North presenters Christa Ackroyd and Harry Gration. The evening was all that it had promised to be and more besides and was attended by Bernard Earnshaw, Tony Goldstein from Kings together, with their partners and members of the team.
We were moved by the presence of Mike Tomlinson, husband of Jane Tomlinson who sadly passed away in 2007, after dedicating the last few years of her life to fundraising for cancer research. He presented awards to officers and staff who continue to provide excellent service in the face of personal adversity.
Bernard Earnshaw, sales director for Kings said ‘’Kings are proud to sponsor the award each year for Extraordinary Public Service and were delighted to congratulate Maureen Brewer, Police Support Volunteer, North East Leeds, who received this award for the 25 years she has spent volunteering for the force, coordinating crime prevention schemes in the area and assisting victims of crime’’
This was one of 15 awards that were presented on the night, each recognizing commitment, dedication and achievement over and above the call of duty.
Sir Norman commented “All of those who were nominated are a huge credit to West Yorkshire Police and it has been very moving and uplifting to hear about, and acknowledge, their achievements.”
Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, who also presented one of the prestigious awards, said: “Policing is a very difficult and demanding job whether you are on the front line or behind the scenes and I am proud to be able to honour those who are extremely dedicated to serving the communities of West Yorkshire.”
Congratulations to the finalists and all those involved on the night!
Pictured left to right: High Sheriff Anthony E Grant Esq. OBE, Maureen Brewer, Police Support Volunteer & Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison.