Police bravery and courage honoured

Wakefield District Police Divisional Awards''April 2011
Wakefield District Police Divisional Awards''April 2011

BRAVE and dedicated police officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep the city safe have been honoured.

Chief Superintendent Marc Callaghan, Wakefield District Police Divisional Commander, presented 47 commendations on Wednesday night at the Wakefield District Police Divisional Awards.

PC Richard Wingfield, of the Central neighbourhood police team (NPT), received two commendations.

Last April he caught a prolific drug dealer who was on the run after a violent struggle which he said felt like fighting for his life.

PC Wingfield said: “He was a well built man and I had to use my baton for the first time in four years. He ended up being jailed for ten years.”

And he was also honoured for his work with NPT colleague PC Seth Wrigley after they arrested more than 65 people for drug offences during the last two years.

Central NPT’s PCSO Tegan Erikson was commended after she disarmed a man who was threatening people in the city centre with an iron bar.

She said: “The man was hysterically angry and people were visibly upset by him so I knew I had to stop him. I managed to take the bar out of his hands until backup arrived.”

PCSO Ayshea Aspey, also of Central NPT, received her award after she tackled a man who had assaulted a bus driver with help from passer-by Wahidi Abdullah.

Chief Supt Marc Callaghan said: “I am immensely proud to recognise the hard work and bravery of officers and police staff at Wakefield District Police as well as members of the public who have stepped in to help us.

“These awards highlight the efforts they go to each and every day to deliver a service that both the force and our local communities can be proud of.”

Commendations were also given to retired superintendent Nigel Hibbert; PCs Lisa Finan and Anna Chapman of the Wakefield Response Team; police volunteer Barry Spence, PCs Russell Shaw, Robert Wadsworth; police staff Lisa Goodridge, Tracey Cooke, Julie Searby and Amanda Booth; Chistropher Schofield and PCSO Rhys Dickson; Wakefield Response Team Three; PCs John Bennett and James Greenwood of Normanton NPT; PCSOs Carl Longbottom and Liam Leafe, of Central NPT, and Special Constable Laura Connor, of the North West NPT.