The bravery and dedication of Wiltshire police officers, staff and volunteers was celebrated at the Wiltshire Police Awards on Tuesday evening (Tuesday 27 April).
The first celebratory event of 2021 was held virtually and brought together individuals and teams, along with senior staff and officers from across Wiltshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to recognise the outstanding contributions made by those who have gone above and beyond the high expectations of their role and profession in the course of their duties.
This important event was originally supposed to happen last year and be in person but unfortunately it had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “As Chief Constable these awards are one of the highlights of my role. I am privileged to work with some incredible officers, staff and volunteers who demonstrate exemplary performance and dedication.”
Among those recognised were officers, including Special Constables and police staff, who have shown dedication, professionalism and even exceptional bravery, putting the lives of others above their own in the course of their duties.
It also commended those who in a time of crisis remained calm and professional to bring potentially life-threatening situations to a safe conclusion and protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
The Chief Constable continued: “Our officers, staff and volunteers work incredibly hard, often faced with challenging situations and difficult decisions.
“It is important that we take time to recognise and celebrate the amazing police work that happens around Wiltshire. These awards are always a pleasure to take part in and I really value the opportunity to officially say thank you.
“All those honoured at the awards have in one form or another demonstrated the values and standards that underpin Wiltshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. I am really proud of these brave and public spirited individuals, they are a credit to the Force and to the communities they serve.”
Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: “It was great to be able to be a part of our first virtual Wiltshire Police Awards Ceremony, and my last ceremony as Police and Crime Commissioner.
“After what has been an arduous year, in which many officers, staff and volunteers have continued to go above and beyond, I’m pleased that we were able to take some time tonight and recognise those who represent the very best of Wiltshire Police.?
“It’s really quite humbling to celebrate the dedication and hard work of the award recipients - I am full of admiration for these teams and individuals who represent the very best of our community and of Wiltshire Police.
“I know that those being recognised represent just a small proportion of the excellent dedicated people who together make Wiltshire a safer place to live in. Well done to everyone who has been recognised on this occasion.”