Page Hall officers win prize for community work at Sheffield police awards

Some of the winners at Sheffield's police awards
Some of the winners at Sheffield's police awards
  • Unsung heroes of Sheffield policing honoured
  • Page Hall officers win Community Focus award
  • Lifetime Achievement prize for dedicated officer

Police officers in Page Hall have been honoured by their colleagues for their efforts to ease community tensions.

Officers working in the area were among the big winners at the police’s Sheffield District Awards on Friday.

They won the Community Focus award for their work on reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, following concerns about community tensions in the area.

Officers in Page Hall have learned new language skills to create a rapport with migrant communities, while over the last 18 months have established a permanent base in the area with partnership organisations.

Their work follows a number of violent incidents in the area in the past year.

A police spokesman said: “It is recognised there is still much work to do but due to the commitment of the team, Page Hall is a safer, more harmonious community.”

The individual award for Police Community Support Officer of the Year went to Maggie Malinowska for her work improving community engagement in Page Hall.

Another Sheffield policing team who arrested almost one suspect every single day last year were also among the night’s winners.

The Sheffield West Tasking Team were one of the big winners at the police’s Sheffield District Awards on Friday.

The team managed to arrest 350 wanted suspects last year for crimes such as burglary, as well as hunting down a man who had absconded from prison.

They won the Team Performance of the Year prize for the second year in succession.

The ceremony, at City Hall, also saw retired PC Paul Chappell handed a Lifetime Achievement Award.

PC Chappell, who retired in summer 2014 after 30 years with the force, was a community police officer who worked closely with a number of secondary schools.

He helped to implement alcohol education activities in schools after setting up a partnership group to tackle alcohol harm.

On receiving his award he said: “I feel shocked and privileged and want to thank the people who nominated me.

“I should be stood here with a host of other people I worked alongside who helped to make me shine.

“The real winners are the young people who have taken on the advice and support and made a positive contribution.”

The Sheffield Officer of the Year prize went to Sergeant John Mallows, who leads the Woodseats Neighbourhood Team.

He has co-ordinated the policing of a dispersal order in the Abbeydale Road area, leading to a 25 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour and has supported the introduction of a licence watch in the London Road area.

He also recently apprehended a well-known offender while off duty and was bitten and attacked during the arrest.

Chief Superintendent David Hartley, District Commander for Sheffield, said: “Policing may be seen as an ordinary job, but our staff often do extraordinary things, going above and way beyond what could be reasonably expected.

“This is so often not seen and appreciated by the public, which is why I am so passionate about celebrating what officers are delivering for our communities here and now.

“These are challenging times for the police service and South Yorkshire Police, but every single day I hear of Sheffield officers resolutely delivering a service to be proud of. The awards ceremony is a small gesture in saying thank you to those who do so much for their communities.

“I’d like to congratulate and thank all of the inspiring award winners. I have enormous pride in each and every one of them.”

Other winners on the night included Gary Carter for Special Constable of the Year. He was recognised for volunteering for more than 200 shifts in the last year.

Community Police Officer of the Year was PC Susan Fox, chosen after she helped to improve the lives of a vulnerable family in Stocksbridge.