Locals scoop police awards

PC Sean Dawson and PCSO Amy Dawn with Chief Supt Marc Callaghan.
PC Sean Dawson and PCSO Amy Dawn with Chief Supt Marc Callaghan.

BRAVERY, quick thinking and commitment to the community resulted in local officers and civilians being honoured at the West Yorkshire Police Awards last week.

PCSOs Sean and Amy Dawson, members of Castleford neighbourhood policing team and Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) respectively, were off duty in Rotherham last December when they helped a South Yorkshire Police officer detain a violent man suspected of assaulting his wife and threatening her with a screwdriver.

Quick thinking – and no small degree of bravery – were exhibited by Castleford man Vince Barnfather when he saw a man breaking into vehicles near his home in November last year.

He contacted police and, after passing on the man’s description, chased him and held on to him until police arrived and made an arrest.

A team comprising Sgt Alan Studd, Sgt Elizabeth Walker, PC Rachel Hall, PC Richard Baker, PC David Lockwood, together with Pontefract and Knottingley NPT co-ordinator Irene Fleming, were recognised for their work to engage local young people after organising a battle of the bands competition last summer.

The project celebrated the talents of young people as well as enabling them to understand issues around crime, disorder, bullying and homelessness.

PCSO Amanda Johnson, of Normanton and Featherstone NPT, was commended for her dedication to local policing issues.

She has worked hard to address a number of local concerns tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.