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Merseyside police officers, staff, volunteers, and community partners were celebrated at this year’s force Community First Awards held last night, Wednesday 16 November 2022.
Now in their fifth year, the Community First Awards recognise the dedication, bravery and professionalism shown by people across the force, and from partner organisations, to support our communities, preventing crime, protecting people, and pursuing offenders.
This year more than 150 entries were received from Merseyside Police colleagues who nominated officers and staff for their outstanding work, as well as those who carry out invaluable duties alongside the force, to help the community.
A judging panel had the difficult task of shortlisting submissions, selecting three finalists for each of the 13 categories, with Chief Constable Serena Kennedy and Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell also choosing a worthy winner of their personal choice awards.
Among the winners on the night were:
Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said:
“These awards are a celebration of the hard work, professionalism, and dedication that our officers, staff, volunteers and partners display day in, day out, to protect victims, prevent crime and serve the public. It is so important that these achievements are recognised and celebrated because policing and the work carried out to support our communities across Merseyside is by no means an easy job.
“The judges had a really difficult task choosing the winners, as everyone nominated was a worthy winner for their outstanding work and commitment, and for the difference they have made to keep people across Merseyside safe. I would like to congratulate and thank all the winners and nominees who go above and beyond every day to put our communities first.
“I am always incredibly proud to be Chief Constable of Merseyside Police and I know just how hard our officers, staff, volunteers, and partners’ work. The awards are an opportunity to celebrate just some of the examples of outstanding work that they delivery every single day, for me, having the opportunity to celebrate their achievements and say thank you is really humbling. I am grateful for everything they do, and I hope this years’ winners and nominees are proud of themselves and their work.”
The Police & Crime Commissioner’s Award was presented to Joanne Matthews, who is the Community Coordinator – Crime, Safer, Stronger Communities for Liverpool City Council.
Merseyside's Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: "The Community First Awards were a fantastic evening. Hearing about the incredible bravery, dedication and selflessness of Merseyside Police officers, staff and volunteers and their outstanding work with partners to prevent and fight crime and support victims makes me incredibly proud. It’s so important we shine a light on the great work that is going on across Merseyside.
“I was also particularly pleased to present Jo Matthews with my award this year. She makes a huge contribution in the work to build stronger, safer communities in Liverpool and she is a very worthy winner.”
The Merseyside Police Community First Awards would not be possible without the support of sponsors. Special thanks goes to ISG Construction, Police Mutual, Liverpool FC, Motorola Solutions, Niche Technology UK Limited, Softcat, Wilmott Dixon Construction, Serve and Protect Police Credit Union, Graham Construction, A&B Engineering, Robert James Solicitors, Mace Group and TACE Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Consultants