Outstanding work by Superintendents across the country in child protection, armed policing and running one of the country’s biggest commands has been recognised in this year’s Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales President’s Awards.
The awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, are presented at the Association’s annual conference.
Judged by the President and Vice President of the Association, they recognise the achievements of Superintendents and Chief Superintendents and the contribution they make to policing, to their colleagues and to the public.
This year’s winners are:
Vicky has led national work to improve how police investigate child abuse. She has led distressing cases such as the investigation into an international paedophile ring spanning 10 countries, leading to eight convictions for more than 100 offences. Her work has influenced national policy and training: see more here.
Paul is Divisional Commander for Leeds and has served almost all of his career in the city. He oversaw the merger of three divisions into a single command, which is now one of the biggest and busiest in policing with 750,000 residents, 1200 officers and 1000 staff. He managed the challenges of this while also being the face of the force on some of its most difficult and challenging incidents including the murder of school teacher Ann Maguire. See more here.
Leor is the Head of GMP’s Firearms Command. He has played a key command role in most of the force’s firearms operations for eight years including counter-terrorism arrests, protection of royalty and heads of state, and the long-term response to armed organised crime groups. He was Senior Tactical Firearms Commander in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing this year. See a short video about Leor here.
Clint has championed all aspects of diversity for his force alongside a demanding day job as in public protection. This has included improving how the force recognise autism and how disabled people can contact the police. He is also the national LGBT lead of the Association and represented the UK at the first LGBT policing conference in Amsterdam. Watch more about Clint here.
Richard has been a member of the Panel of Friends, supporting colleagues who are going through the disciplinary process, for more than a decade. A member he has given support to said: “I have been through the worst time of my life. He has helped me get through it and I am glad to say that from starting out as a ‘Friend’ he is now a true friend. He is a credit to the Superintendents’ Association and the police service.” Richard combines his Friend work with an exceptionally demanding day job as Borough Commander for Lambeth, London.
Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas, President of the Association, who presented the awards, said: “It is always an honour to judge and to present these awards.
“Our members carry a huge amount of risk and responsibility on their shoulders and to see these stand-out examples of the work they do across the country to help and protect the public, support their forces and lead their colleagues is inspiring.
“I am proud that the same hard work and professionalism is being shown day in, day out, across England and Wales not only by my members, but by the whole of policing.”
Chief Executive of Police Mutual, Stephen Mann said: “We are very proud to once again be sponsoring the PSAEW President’s Awards.
“It is absolutely right that we take the time to recognise the brilliant work being done by Superintendents and Chief Superintendents across England and Wales.
“All of the winners have contributed a huge amount to policing, the impact of which will be of benefit for years to come. They all possess a passion and dedication which is truly remarkable and for which we should be truly grateful.”