Volunteers from across Greater Manchester were recognised at Greater Manchester Police’s annual Citizens in Policing Awards yesterday, with over 150 people who support the Force attending.
The awards coincided with National Volunteers Week and were held at Hilton Manchester Airport Hotel. They were attended by guests such as the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Mr Warren J Smith, The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester Lady Joy Smith, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester Jim Battle.
The awards are an annual event, sponsored by businesses, honouring those who give up their free time to support GMP.
Nine categories were recognised during the awards including Special Constabulary individual and team, Police Support Volunteer individual and team , Volunteer Police Cadet of the year, an Active Citizens award and, new for this year, the Employer Supported Policing award.
In addition, a special recognition award was given to Special Constable Linden Riley who retires after 48 years of service as a volunteer police officer.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “It’s always humbling to meet those who give up their free time to help others, and these awards really highlight what a huge contribution volunteers make to Greater Manchester Police every single day. The time and dedication that these people give is truly remarkable.
“Everyone has a part to play in keeping our communities safe and it’s fantastic to see so many people devoting their own time so willingly to making Greater Manchester an even better place to live. Thank you all for your contribution.”
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle said: “Volunteers are the community force of Greater Manchester, contributing their time, experience, and knowledge for the benefit of others. Our volunteers are the reason why Greater Manchester is great. I was pleased to join outstanding volunteers at this event, recognising their contributions and achievements in many different ways. These are the people who do make a difference to our neighbourhoods, supporting individuals and backing Greater Manchester Police.”
List of winners:
Police Support Volunteer Individual Award
Winner – Rita Armin
Police Support Volunteer Team Award
Winner – GMP Band
Special Constabulary Individual Award
Winner – Amy Robinson
Special Constabulary Team Award
Winner – Matt Saville / Jared Simpson
Cadet Team Leader Award
Winner – Adnan Ali
Volunteer Police Cadets Award
Winner – Alicia Goodridge
Active Citizen Award
Winner – Wythenshawe Safe Spots
Employer Supported Policing Award
Winner – Openreach BT & Jordan Weakley
Citizens in Policing Support Award (for paid officers / staff)
Winner – Carolyn Jones