Top cops are recognised

Deborah Leonard, winner of the Lifetime Achievement police officer award and overall Leaders in Action award, with host Harry Gration and Chief Constable David Crompton.
Deborah Leonard, winner of the Lifetime Achievement police officer award and overall Leaders in Action award, with host Harry Gration and Chief Constable David Crompton.
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Police civilian staff who go the extra mile to fight crime have been recognised for their dedication.

South Yorkshire Police officers were also honoured at the force’s Leaders in Action awards ceremony held at Hellaby Hall Hotel in Rotherham.

Plaudits included a bravery award, given to Darren Taylor, police officer of the year which went to Toni Love and the officer lifetime achievement award which was given to Deborah Leonard.

The ceremony, now into its sixth year, saw awards presented in 16 categories by the BBC’s Harry Gration.

A surprise Leaders in Action award chosen by Chief Constable David Crompton was announced on the night.

It was presented to Deborah Leonard for her ‘outstanding work and contribution to the force.’

Chief Constable Crompton said: “These awards are an opportunity for South Yorkshire Police to acknowledge the excellent work that goes on across the county, not only by officers but by staff and partners too.

“I am extremely proud of everyone within the force and their continued support throughout these challenging times.

“It shows the dedication, and outstanding ability of our officers and staff and their commitment to make South Yorkshire a safer place for everybody.”

Other winners included Chris Vaines – who won team player of the year – Philip Whittaker in the PCSO award and top manager Tracy Potter.

Darren Boulding was honoured for continuous improvement, Graeme Leivers for his work as a special constable and Sarah Botham as student officer of the year.

Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright, said: “I was delighted to attend the Leaders in Action awards evening to recognise the extraordinary work that takes place, day in and day out by dedicated police officers and staff.”