Rotherham police officers honoured for their efforts

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Police officers and staff in Rotherham have been recognised for their efforts in helping to tackle crime in the town.

World Cup referee Howard Webb, from Rotherham, and former boxing world champion Johnny Nelson, from Sheffield, presented some of the awards.

Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, said: “Congratulations to all the officers and staff whose hard work, dedication and commitment were recognised.

“I know every officer and staff member, both here and across the force, works incredibly hard to make our communities safer.

“We are seeing the results of that in Rotherham with the reduction in violent crime down by 5 per cent over the last year and 1,571 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour.

“It is vital we recognise the work put in by our officers and staff. I would like to say well done to everyone involved.”

Chief Superintendant Jason Harwin, district commander, said: “I’m proud of the dedication and leadership shown not only by the winners but others involved in keeping the public of Rotherham safe. It has been a challenging 12 months but, as the awards have shown, we have risen to the challenge.”