PCSOs and police cadets, the “man on the moors” investigative team and neighbourhood police officers who’ve organised hundreds of community events are among 13 teams and individuals given awards on Friday, 6th October. Cops who stopped a prolific attacker who was terrorising Canal Street and two officers who went above and beyond while supporting a rape victim are also receiving awards.
Greater Manchester Police’s Chief Constable’s STARS awards recognise the best in the Force and pay tribute to those who go above and beyond in their daily work.
This year’s ceremony saw a return to the Imperial War Museum North with proceedings opened by host Chief Constable Ian Hopkins. The evening was then compered by radio star Mike Sweeney with Lord Lieutenant Warren Smith in attendance.
The Chief Constable’s STARS awards recognise police officers and staff in five areas, with individual officers or staff or teams being recognised in service, teamwork, action, respect and safety.Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said:
“It’s fantastic to hold the STARS awards again this year. We have had so many achievements from both officers and staff over the last 12 months, a testament to the fantastic work that all of our colleagues do day in day out, and it’s only right that we take a moment to show our appreciation for all that they do.
“All of the nominees should be extremely proud – they have shown real resilience, professionalism and a dedication to the people of Greater Manchester that they should all be proud of.”
Winners included a team of DCs and PCs from the city of Manchester division who connected the dots and worked tirelessly to find and arrest a man who was befriending then drugging, assaulting and robbing men around Canal Street in Manchester city centre, a DS who went above and beyond in her support of a victim of rape and a team of cadet leaders who have volunteered hours of their time for their local community.
Other nominations included the Force’s digital team who recently launched a new corporate website for members of the public to access relevant information quickly, officers who dealt with dangerous situations and saved lives in the line of duty and police staff whose innovations have helped the Force work in the most effective way possible.