A CARING police officer who gave up her holiday to help a traumatised family has been honoured for her dedication.
Hartlepool PC Yasmeen Hussain volunteered to be seconded to North Yorkshire Police after a fatal car crash left an Indian family needing support.
Investigators had asked Cleveland Police if any of their officers could speak the same language as the family and would work as a liaison officer during the difficult inquiry.
PC Hussain was supposed to be on holiday, but cancelled her leave and put herself forward to travel south and help the distraught relatives.
She did such a good job that North Yorkshire Police chiefs picked her out for praise and the honour of a Director’s Commendation.
Superintendent Glenn Gudgeon, of Hartlepool Police, joined PC Hussain at North Yorkshire’s Newby Wiske headquarters to see her receive the award.
Supt Gudgeon said: “Yasmeen showed great dedication by volunteering as she was meant to be on holiday.
“What she did was quite exceptional. This was a sensitive case that had caused problems within a distraught family and there were cultural issues.
“North Yorkshire Police were so pleased with what PC Hussain did that she was given a commendation.
“It is very rare to get such an award and we are all very proud of what she has achieved.”
PC Hussain can usually be seen patrolling Hartlepool’s town centre streets at night as she works on a team policing the night-time economy.
So it was a big change when she took on the role of family liaison officer.
She had to deal every day with the grieving family, offer them support, answer often difficult questions and explain the procedures around the investigation.
Supt Gudgeon added: “It is quite a stressful role, but she did it superbly.
“Even in her role in the night-time economy she never shirks away from a challenge. She is a great credit to the force.
“Cleveland Police and Hartlepool should be very proud to have someone who has been recognised by another force for their outstanding work.”