South Yorkshire Police and Fire and Rescue Service Awards

POLICE AND FIRE SERVICE AWARDS – WEDNESDAY 19 JULY 2017

On 19 July 2017, the Company held its traditional awards ceremony to recognise exceptional service in the South Yorkshire Police and the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.  Both The Chief Constable, Steve Watson and the Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney were at the ceremony to see their officers honoured. 

The Master Cutler, Richard Edwards, opened the ceremony by welcoming all to the Cutlers’ Hall and by saying that he had found all the nominations to be very high grade and therefore had found it hard to select the winners.  He then went on to make awards as follows: 

FIRE AND RESCUE GROUP WINNER

Community Fire Safety Officers and High Risk Coordinator Team.  They work with the most vulnerable communities and households in our society and this extends well beyond fire safety.  They work closely with partners including South Yorkshire Police, Drug and Alcohol Teams, Community Nurses and Social Workers.  All staff have now received training to become Dementia Friends and several are trained in Sign Language.  Their dedication and caring attitude comes across in everything they do. 

The aim of this team is to keep people safe and as a result of their actions we have seen an 11% decrease in accidental fires year on year. 

They work with a huge degree of professionalism, commitment and dedication.   The team is a very worthy winner of this year’s Fire and Rescue Service Group Award. 

FIRE AND RESCUE INDIVIDUAL WINNER

Watch Officer Nicola Hobbs.  Almost 10 Years ago, she started her career as a Firefighter rising to be a Crew Manager at Birley Station in Sheffield.  18 Months ago, she joined the Community Safety Department.  Here, she has had huge impact on the diverse communities of South Yorkshire.  She is the Youth Engagement lead for Community Safety,  is heavily involved with Fire Cadets, the Prince’s Trust and the Cutlers Better Learners Better Workers Scheme.  She has added much to all of these schemes. 

She is a role model for others in the service inspiring them to take on new challenges and supporting colleagues to achieve their potential. 

Nicola is dedicated and passionate, committed to youth engagement and helping people whatever their situation.  She has helped improve the lives of many in South Yorkshire, always willing to go the extra mile.  She is a great asset to the South Yorkshire fire and Rescue service and a worthy winner of the Cutlers Individual Award. 

POLICE INDIVIDUAL WINNER

A/Inspector Gayle Kirby.   She is line manager for the Sheffield Support Hub’s Anti Social Behaviour Team which is a vital element in the Local Policing Unit.  It is responsible for monitoring vulnerable victims, tracking ASB patterns, collecting evidence, applying criminal behaviour orders and making applications for Crack House Closures. 

During 2016 the team has taken responsibility for coordinating the district’s response to Hate Crime and pioneered a ground breaking approach to managing risks around children of those involved in organized crime.  Gayle has forged links with the Local Authority and Social Care groups to make this a success and it is now being rolled out across the Country. 

Much of this success is down to A/Inspector Kirby’s dedication, positive attitude and perseverance.  She has had an excellent year and has demonstrated the highest level of leadership in what have often been challenging circumstances.  She is a worthy winner of the Cutlers’ Individual Police Award. 

POLICE GROUP WINNER

Rota B Local Policing Team Sheffield West.   On 13 April 2016, Police Constables Lisa Bates and Mike Garrett attended a report of a domestic incident.  This seemed to be a routine call with no aggravated warning signs on any of the police systems. 

 On arrival PCs Bates and Garrett found themselves under attack and unable to control a very aggressive male who armed himself with an axe.  It was clear that he intended to inflict serious injury. PC Bates suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull and the severing of most of a finger.  PC Garrett was also injured but despite this put himself in harm’s way to distract the attacker. A local resident, seeing what was happening, opened his door to assist; seeing PC Bates covered in blood with serious injuries, and taking advantage of the fact that the aggressor was distracted by PC Garrett, he pulled her into his property. 

A call for assistance had been made and officers quickly converged on the scene.  PCs Betts, Ashton, Fox, Saini, Molloy and Hall worked collectively to detain the offender who was clearly suffering a psychotic episode and remained violent and aggressive to officers throughout.   

Though certain officers are named in this citation, many others were involved both dealing with the incident and in the follow up. This Incident came out of the blue and but for the professional and effective way it was dealt with could have had more tragic consequences. 

As a result of the way that B Rota Local Policing Team Sheffield West responded to this horrific incident – they are worthy winners of the Cutlers’ Company Group Police Award.    

The James Neil Trust made a donation to Charities selected by the winners,  Cheques were presented on the day as follows: 

Fire Individual                    Sheena Amos Youth Trust

Fire Group -                         Barnsley Animal Rescue Centre

Police Individual                Sheffield University- Cell Stem Research

Police Group                       The Sick Childrens Trust – Magnolia House

The Chief Fire Officer and Chief Constable both spoke to congratulate the recipients but also to say that this was just a small snapshot of the sort of work that police and fire services do on a daily basis. 

The Master then closed the ceremony by reiterating the fact that the good work that both services do is recognised and very much appreciated by the Company.