City police officers honoured

Bravery Award - PCs Wes Turner, Taz Yaqoob, Jodie Akeroyd, Bryan McCoy, Paul Ward.
Bravery Award - PCs Wes Turner, Taz Yaqoob, Jodie Akeroyd, Bryan McCoy, Paul Ward.
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Police officers have been praised for putting their lives on the line to keep Sheffield safe.

They were honoured at a ceremony recognising special and lifetime achievements, unsung heroes and those who go the extra mile.

PCs Wes Turner, Paul Ward, Bryan McCoy, Taz Yaqoob and Jodie Akeroyd received a bravery award for helping to rescue a 98-year-old man from a house fire on Adlington Road, Southey Green, when firefighters were on strike over Christmas.

Another honour - the Trevor Harvey Investigation Award - went to the team which investigated the murder of Sheffield businessman Anthony Power in a park in Darnall in 2012. They secured the evidence needed to lead to the conviction of Imran Khan, who received a life sentence last March and was ordered to serve a minimum of 26-and-a-half years in prison.

And the Community Focus Award went to the Sheffield Sexual Exploitation Service, which focuses on young people at risk of or involved in child sexual exploitation.

The team was praised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary for being conscientious, enthusiastic and focussed upon providing good outcomes for the children they work with.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Detective Constable Patrick Whaley, who is due to retire in June after 29 years. Bosses said he still has the same ‘can do’ attitude in obtaining and developing intelligence as when he first joined.

Chief Superintendent David Hartley, District Commander for Sheffield, said: “The awards ceremony is the showcase of policing effort across Sheffield over the last 12 months.

“Sheffield maintains its status of being the safest core city, and sees crime falling year on year - not by luck but by hard work, courage and commitment.”

South Yorkshire Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright added: “Every officer and staff member works incredibly hard to make our communities safer.”