City’s police chief honours his top staff and officers

Wakefield District Police Divisional Awards 2012
Wakefield District Police Divisional Awards 2012
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UNSUNG heroes who go beyond the call of duty to make our city safe were honoured at the annual Wakefield District Police Awards.

Chief Supt Marc Callaghan, Wakefield District Police Divisional Commander, gave out more than 20 commendations to officers, PCSOs, detectives and staff on Wednesday night.

He said: “There is a lot of unsung work by police officers and staff and this is a real celebration of the day to day work that goes on in all our communities.

“I am both delighted and proud to present these awards recognising not only acts of bravery and selflessness but also their commitment and dedication in making the Wakefield district a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Among the winners were Paul Willis, a police enquiry officer.

He was on duty at Wood Street police station’s help desk last February when he came to the aid of a man who had stabbed himself with a knife.

Not only did he manage to calm the man down and dress his wounds, he also managed to take the knife away from him before anyone else was hurt.

The quick-thinking actions of another enquiry officer, Kay Greenwood, were also praised.

In December 2010 a very distressed man, who could not speak any English, came into Wood Street police station.

She contacted an interpreter and found out that one of his friends had been beaten, set on fire and held against his will for six months.

One of the suspects was jailed for 14 years.

PC Richard Taylor, of Normanton and Featherstone neighbourhood police team, received a commendation for the calm manner in which he dealt with a man who was threatening to kill himself.

Praising his actions Supt Tyron Joyce, of Wakefield District Police, said: “PC Taylor spoke to the man and managed to get him to dispose of the knife, preventing what could have been a serious incident.”