Awards for inspirational police officers and staff

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SOUTH Yorkshire Police officers are to be honoured for their efforts at a special ceremony tomorrow.

The Cutlers’ Company has presented awards to police for the last 18 years.

Winners at tomorrow’s event will be presented with awards and certificates.

The Sheffield-based company, a 387-year-old livery company which speaks on behalf of manufacturing in the Sheffield region, organises the awards in recognition that stable and safe communities are vital for businesses to thrive and grow.

Its individual award this year is to be presented to Sgt Suzanne Snowden, who leads Wentworth Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team, which works in and around Maltby.

Her Police and Community Support Officers describe her as ‘inspirational’.

She has overseen the establishment of two new Neighbourhood Watch schemes and has improved communications and trust between the police and the public.

The group award will be presented to South Yorkshire’s Force Incident Managers, who oversee all the calls made to the police force and manages serious incidents.

They dispatch the police helicopter, armed response vehicles, hostage negotiators and underwater search teams to incidents.

Master Cutler Professor Bill Spiers, who will present the awards, said: “We should never underestimate the importance of security and a safe environment in which to work and live.

“I’m delighted that the Cutlers’ Company is once again able to honour South Yorkshire’s police force, although I know that selecting only two from the high-calibre applicants was a difficult task but we have chosen very worthy winners.”