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Award ceremony recognises bravery, dedication and hard work

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PCSO Christopher Whitehorn receives his award

On Tuesday Avon and Somerset Constabulary recognised the exceptional bravery, dedication and hard work of police officers, staff and public at an awards ceremony in Bristol.

Held at the Merchant Venturers’ in Clifton on May 20, the ceremony saw a member of the public acknowledged for his role disarming a man with a knife as well as 20 police officers and staff given Crown Court Commendations and Chief Constable’s Commendation.

Amongst the police officers and staff recognised at the event was beat manager PC James Aitchison for finding new medals to replace those stolen from a war veteran, PCSO Christopher Whitehorn for tackling a woman trying to harm a man and a team who investigated a network supplying drugs worth £20m throughout the region.

Speaking after the ceremony, Acting Chief Constable John Long said: “When you come to events like this it makes you realise just how much commitment there is to put victims first, to keep the public safe and to do as thorough investigations as possible.

“In Avon and Somerset there is some excellent work that goes on by officers and staff all day, every day but it is right that every so often we stop and recognise the achievements of those who go well and truly beyond the call of duty. These officers and staff and their families should be proud of their achievements.

“We’ve also honoured a member of the public who put himself in harm’s way to protect someone at risk of being injured. By getting involved he undoubtedly saved the man’s life and I’m pleased to see his selfless actions have been recognised through the presentation of the Waley Cohen award.”

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I would like to congratulate all the award winners, who have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty.  They deserve the recognition for their extraordinary efforts and should be really proud of their achievements. 

“To hear of the bravery and selflessness of officers, staff and members of the public is truly inspiring and I’m delighted they have been recognised.  Thanks to their courage, diligence and hard work the communities of Avon and Somerset are safe and can feel safe.  They are an example to us all.”

You can read more about who received awards and what they did by clicking here.

Posted on Thursday 22nd May 2014
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