The Borough of Middlesbrough Award was presented to Middlesbrough District Police by elected Mayor Ray Mallon at an event in the Town Hall.
Local Policing Area Commander Detective Superintendent Dave Lamplough was joined by local officers and PCSOs for Monday’s (March 23) ceremony.
Guests invited to the event included Acting Chief Constable Iain Spittal and Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.
Examples of local officers’ dedication and commitment include:
• PC Ian Clyburn and A/Sgt Gareth Chalmers were on patrol in the Hillstreet Centre when a very distressed mother thrust her choking 18-month-old child into the arms of A/Sgt Chalmers. He administered first aid to the child and was able to clear the child’s airway, while PC Clyburn comforted the hysterical mother.
The two officers’ teamwork almost certainly saved the child’s life.
• Sergeant Graeme Reilly is a Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant with a focus on Middlesbrough town centre, in particular the retail community. He has been pivotal in delivering a partnership approach to tackling retail crime with Operation Boost.
• Detective Sergeant Jim Devine and his team including DCs Michelle Roxby, Evan Kirtley and Mark Coverdale have investigated a wide range of serious and volume crimes, securing lengthy jail terms for offences including robbery and burglary.
In February this year the team investigated a group of travelling criminals which was taking advantage of a vulnerable elderly woman to offer unnecessary building work. They arrested the offenders and are currently investigating similar offences across the North East.
• Temporary Detective Sergeant Chris Smiles and DC Alastair Crawford were on patrol in the Gresham area when they identified a student who was being intimidated by an older man for the purpose of extortion. The culprit was subsequently charged and convicted.
• PCSO James Bridge has an exceptional reputation with colleagues, and is totally committed to the people of Middlesbrough in general and the community in Whinney Banks in particular. His dedication extends to time spent outside of work with young children as a football coach with a community based youth initiative.
• PCSO Billy Williams is a dedicated and pro-active town centre officer who works closely with the Retail Crime Partnerships to drive down crime in the main shopping areas. He plays an active role in the Gresham Neighbourhood Hub.
Temporary Detective Superintendent Dave Lamplough – until recently the Local Policing Area Commander for Middlesbrough – said: “Police Officers, PCSOs and civilian staff at Middlesbrough deal with a huge range of often complex issues every day, and in doing so make a real difference to the communities they serve.
“Working in partnership with Middlesbrough Council and other local agencies is obviously central to successful policing and we are grateful to Mayor Mallon for taking the time to acknowledge our officers’ and support staff’s hard work.”
Acting Cleveland Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “I was immensely proud to be at the award presentation which reflected the strong partnership we have with Middlesbrough Council, and I would echo the comments of the Mayor, that Cleveland Police has outstanding officers who deliver the highest quality service and are focused on keeping our communities safe.”
PCC Barry Coppinger added: “Yesterday’s awards ceremony was a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate some outstanding work by our officers across Middlesbrough.”
Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon said: “Local policing is one of the cornerstones of a safe and prosperous community and the officers, PCSOs and staff in Middlesbrough really go the extra mile to improve the lives of those around them.
“Their work has helped to cut burglary, robbery and other crime, reduce anti-social behaviour and improve the confidence of the community.
“Together they make Middlesbrough a safer place to live, work and visit, and they all really deserve to be recognised for the outstanding work they do for the town.”