Force aims to be top of cops

A POLICE force is vying to be named the best in the country at a glitzy ceremony.

Cleveland Police have been nominated twice in the Emergency Services Awards that are due to take place in London tomorrow.

The force is alongside Hertfordshire Constabulary, Lancashire Constabulary, Northumbria Police and Surrey Police in the Police Force of the Year category.

It has also been recognised in the best control room section, where it is up against the London Ambulance Service, the East of England Ambulance Service and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Sean Price said: “I’m delighted the force is being recognised at a national level.”

Councillor Dave McLuckie, chairman of Cleveland Police Authority, said the nominations show the success officers have had in working with private firms to “maximise resources”.

He added: “Once again this demonstrates the widespread recognition of the way here in Cleveland we have led the way in adopting new and innovative approaches to delivering effective and efficient policing for our local communities.”

The event, which is being supported by the Association of Police Authorities, the Ambulance Service Network, and the British Fire Services Association, is taking place at Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium.

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