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Humberside Police Chief Constable Tim Hollis hosted the Chief Constable’s Performance Awards 2012 at the University of Hull.

The awards, which were totally funded by the kind contributions of our sponsors (PFI Knowledge Solutions, Capita, Mitie Facilities Management and Cleveland Car sales) were attended by civic guests and police dignitaries.

The force has worked exceptionally hard to consistently raise the bar in terms of performance and improve public confidence in the work we carry out protecting communities and targeting criminals.

The awards take into consideration areas of best practice, exemplary police work and the contribution of individuals who approach their daily work with passion, enthusiasm and a commitment to consistent improvement. Almost 70 nominations for 12 different categories have come from, peers and colleagues, who know first hand, the quality of work undertaken by the individuals concerned.

The 11 categories and the winners and runners up are detailed below:

Lifetime Achievement - The Chief Constables Award

The winner of this award was Detective Inspector Andy Biggs from North East Lincolnshire. Det Insp Biggs has 29 years service with Humberside Police and has worked across a number of different areas, including as an Neighbourhood Police Team commander and a senior detective. He is a well respected member of the force and this is an award that has been welcomed by senior members of his division and colleagues across Grimsby.

Runners-up were PC Chris Prendergast from East Riding and PC Pete Beadle from Hull.

Police Authority Employee of the Year Award.

PC Sharon Houfe, Community Cohesion Officer from Hull was the winner of this award. PC Houfe is a well respected officer both within the local community and amongst her colleagues within the force. Her work is regularly brought to the attention of senior management team members.

The runners up were Sgt Ian Potter from Grimsby and PC Andy Widgery from Ops Branch.

Outstanding Contribution to Neighbourhood Policing.

This award is for anyone who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to Neighbourhood Policing. The winner was PCSO David Sewell from Grimsby. PCSO Sewell works on the East Marsh Estate in Grimsby, this is a challenging role as the area is recognised nationally as one of high social deprevation. No challenge has deemed too great for PCSO Sewell as he has embraced the role and helped to develop a number of successful partnership led intiatives.

Runners up in this category were Special Sgt Martin Thimbleby from the East Riding and PCSO Danielle Calvert from Hull.

Outstanding Incident Response.

The winner of this award was PC Samantha Brown from Hull. PC Brown has been recognised for her role within the Incident Response Units who work across Hull. Recently PC Brown has dealt with number of high risk cases in Hull which have showed her great enthusiasm and determination to protect the people of Hull. For this PC Brown has recieved senior management recognition, which formed the basis of her nomination for a Chief Constable’s Performance Award.

Runners up were Pc Darren Martin from Ops Branch and Crime and C Division Incident Response Team.

Delivering on Community Crime - Outstanding Divisional CID/Investigation.

A team of seven detectives from the East Riding walked away with the award for Delivering on Community Crime - Outstanding Divisional CID/Investigation. The C Division Public Protection Team, as they are better known, work continually to protect the most vulnerable people across the East Riding. Their specialist skills help them to thoroughly investigate the most complex of crimes.

The runners up were PC Nicholas Gibbs from Grimsby and the Crime and Primary Enquiry Team from Grimsby.

Demonstrating Exceptional Performance in the Investigation of Serious and Organised Crime.

The winner of this category went to Detective Sergeant Stewart Watson from Grimsby. Det Sgt Watson is based in the Serious Crime Team at Grimsby and often deals with the most challenging offenders and seeks out the most challenging offences. Protecting the local people of North East Lincolnshire is what he continues to do and his professionalism and dedication is recognised by his colleagues.

The runners up are Scunthorpe Performance Team and D Division Priority Offender Team.

Demonstrating Exceptional Performance in the Investigation of Serious and Organised Crime.

A Detective Inspector who formed part of a major Humberside Police murder enquiry, was the winner of this award. Det Insp Conrad Owen walked away with this recognition following his commitment and decication to solving the murder of nine year old Christopher Laverack. Det Insp Owen, took on various roles across his 14 years as part of the Laverack enquiry team, but always remained comitted to bringing the offender to justice.

The runners up were the B Division Serious Crime Team and Nathan Taylor from Grimsby.

Demonstrating Exceptional Performance through Partnership Working with Humberside Police.

The winner of this award has helped reduce the rates of re-offending and the number of victims of crime across North Lincolnshire. Sergeant James Main was handed this accolade as his implementation of the Respect Courts have been successful and continue to help reduce the number of young people who enter the criminal justice system.

The runners up in this category were Brumby Ward from Scunthorpe and Sgt Matthew Peach from the East Riding.

Outstanding contribution in support of Divisional Policing.

The Air Support Unit was handed this award for its part in an incident in which a vehicle had stopped on the railway lines on Witty Street in Hull on 03 October 2011. The quick response of the Air Support Unit enabled the train to be stopped and this resulting in nobody being injured.

The runners up were D Division Public Order Team and Sarah Page of Human Resources.

In two other awards also handed out on the day, the Incident Handling Unit won the award for Excellence in Call Handling and HR Shared Services won the award for Beating Bureaucracy.