GMP Chief Constable’s STARS awards see brave officers, volunteers and investigative teams recognised for their work over the last year
The best of Greater Manchester Police officers and staff have been recognised at this year’s GMP Chief Constable’s STARS awards this week.
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 tonight, 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.
The full winners of the Chief Constable’s STARS Awards 2017 are:
Staff - Kerry Versfeld (no photo)
Officers– DS Rebecca Mills for excellent victim support during a rape case (Trafford) (photo attached)
Volunteer – Cadets in Blackley Hassan Khan, Abdullah Ahmed and Chloe Carey for fantastic volunteering (photo attached)
PCSOs– PCSO Salim Ali for fantastic work as a PCSO on the City of Manchester division (no photo)
Neighbourhood – Oldham Town Centre and St Mary’s Neighbourhood Team for brilliant work for the local community (photo attached)
Teamwork – Phoenix Stockport for their performance and practice over the last 12 months (photo attached)
Innovation/best practice - PC Gareth Greaves, a police dog handler, for his work around processes in the unit (photo attached)
Investigative excellence – The Man on the Moors team, for their tireless work during a complex investigation
Awareness and Support – Victoria Southwell for always being dependable and exceptionally efficient
Karin Mulligan Award – The PLOD team for an innovative and inclusive project to help members of the deaf community communicate with GMP (photo attached)
First aid – PC Martin Burkinshaw for helping a man who was trying to commit suicide (Wigan) (photo attached)
Keeping people safe – PC Dave Stapely, PC Colin Bradbury, DC Jonathan Barnett, DC Mathew Cooper, DC Mark Anderson for solving a series of thefts and assaults in Manchester’s Canal Street (photo attached)
Bravery – PC Nicholas Lees, who dived into a fast flowing river to save a woman from drowning (Clayton, Manchester) (photo attached)
GMP Police Band – celebrating 140 years this year, having raised over £500,000 for charity since being set up.