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West Mercia Police officers and staff who have gone above and beyond their duty to protect communities across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin have been recognised in a special ceremony.

Members of the public who helped an officer as he dealt with a woman in distress on the wrong side of the railings on a bridge were also commended at the ceremony, held on Tuesday night at Shrewsbury’s Shirehall.

A team of volunteers who have helped transform the gardens at Shrewsbury Police Station were also recognised.

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham presented four awards from the Royal Humane Society along with a Chief Constable Commendation.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “The awards recognise the extraordinary work of those who go above and beyond, to help make our communities safer: the hard working, professionals within the police service who dedicate their careers to helping others, and volunteers and other members of the public who’ve acted commendably. It’s important we take the time to recognise and thank them for all that they’ve done.”

Local Policing Chief Superintendent Tom Harding, who presented Chief Superintendent Commendations at the awards, opened the ceremony saying the evening recognised some of the outstanding work officers and staff have gone above and beyond the high expectations both the public and the force set for them on a daily basis.

Following the ceremony, he said: “It was an honour to be able to present awards to not only our officers and staff who have gone above and beyond their duty, but also members of the public who have put other people before themselves to help protect someone from harm.

“These awards have been given for the extraordinary efforts individuals and teams have gone in displaying bravery, commitment and dedication to protect people from harm and make our communities even safer. They are incredibly well deserved and behalf of the Chief Constable and the whole force I would like to congratulate and thank everyone who has been presented with an award and am delighted to be able to recognise these achievements. The work of those who have been recognised is an example of the work officers and staff carry out 24/7 365 days a year to ensure we deliver the best possible service to our communities and protect people from harm.”

The ceremony was closed by Chief Constable Anthony Bangham who expressed his gratitude for the work that is carried out across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

For more information on the awards, and those receiving them visit the West Mercia Police website.

Issued: Friday 22nd November 2019