THE annual Merseyside Police Community First Awards have recognised police officers, staff, volunteers and community partners for their ‘dedication, bravery and professionalism.’
The ceremony, which was postponed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, was able to go ahead in a Covid-secure setting at Merseyside Police Headquarters, Canning Place, on Thursday, April 8.
This is the fourth year that the awards have been held and saw members of the force celebrated for a range of achievements from investigation work, launching innovative new operations and safeguarding vulnerable people.
Partner agency professionals, volunteers and community leaders were also recognised for their invaluable work alongside the police and their commitment to the communities of Merseyside.
The awards were presented by Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM and Police and Crime Commissioner, The Right Honourable Jane Kennedy.
Speaking after the awards, Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: “I see examples of outstanding bravery, professionalism and exceptional work on a daily basis and I am immensely proud to have been able to present these awards.
“I would like to congratulate and thank, all the winners and nominees who have received awards as they are the reason Merseyside Police has been recognised as the best Metropolitan Force for the last four years. The people awarded, along with colleagues across the force go above and beyond every day and that is because they are dedicated public servants who strive to keep our communities safe.
“We heard a handful of examples of the incredible work that goes on every single day across Merseyside and it is so important that these achievements are recognised and celebrated.
“I have been incredibly proud to be the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, a force that truly puts our communities at the heart of everything we do, and I know that every single day our officers and staff continue to go the extra mile to keep those communities safe.”