A roads policing officer who dedicates his spare time to improving motorbike safety, two off-duty officers who entered a burning building to try and save a man’s life, and a Special Inspector who has devoted 28 years of her life to volunteering, are among a number of exceptional people who were recognised at South Wales Police’s annual awards ceremony.
Held last night (Wednesday, October 23) at Cardiff’s City Hall, the TeamSWP Awards 2019 recognised more than 45 finalists in 15 categories, all of whom were nominated by colleagues from across the force.
The awards, which are now in their 14th year, provide the force with an opportunity to celebrate officers, members of staff and volunteers who have either individually or collectively gone above and beyond in their commitment to keeping South Wales safe.
Presented this year by ITV News’ Alexandra Hartley, the awards were once again made possible thanks to a number of organisations who sponsored each award category.
Among the other worthy winners recognised this year were:
- PC Lucy Barry, who won the Exceptional Service to People award, after her quick-thinking saved the life of an 18-month-old girl. PC Barry was taking a statement from a member of the public when their neighbour came running in with the unresponsive toddler in his arms. She calmly administered first aid, ensuring the child was breathing again by the time paramedics arrived.
- PC Stephen Powell, who was given the Community Shrievalty Award, for his commitment and passion as a Neighbourhood Beat Manager in Barry. Described by his nominator as “part of the fabric of the Barry Island community”, he is responsible for planning and coordinating the policing operations for some of the town’s biggest events, and was also responsible for working with fairground vendors to introduce voluntary vetting forms to safeguard young visitors.
- DC Allan James and staff investigator Arthur Kingsbury, who won the Innovation Award for their work in creating a bespoke training course to ensure best practice in the retrieval, reviewing and recording of CCTV evidence. Their approach has seen an improvement in the consistency, effectiveness and efficiency of investigations, ensuring compliance with the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act and ensuring quality evidence is placed before the courts.
Chief Constable Matt Jukes said: “The annual TeamSWP Awards are a real highlight for the force, giving us the opportunity to recognise just some of those officers, staff and volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to serving the communities of South Wales.
“As some of this year’s winners have demonstrated, a police officer is never really off-duty and it is really humbling to hear about the lengths our officers will go to for others.
“Policing is recognised publically as a really tough job, however, this event also provides us with an opportunity to highlight the invaluable work that is done behind the scenes to support frontline policing.
“I’m extremely proud of all of this evening’s winners and finalists, and there can be no doubt amongst any of those present that our officers and staff really are in the business of changing lives and saving lives.”
Alun Michael, South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “It is always humbling to hear the stories of extraordinary public service, which are just some examples of dedicated service by officers and staff across South Wales. This year’s awards evening was no exception.
“Once again, we celebrated the actions of selfless individuals and of dedicated and innovative teams, all of whom embody the ‘Positive, Proud, Professional’ ethos of South Wales Police.
“As well as being superb at providing excellent responses when people face threats and crises, the winners also demonstrated three hallmarks of South Wales Police, namely empathy for vulnerable people, identifying closely with our local communities and embodying the Peel principle of preventing crime.
“The evening also gave us an opportunity to celebrate the innovative partnership work in which we are involved, work of which we are rightly proud because we know that better cooperation with other public services and voluntary organisations enables us to help more people, sooner.”
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