Police officers commended for their work

Award winners at last nights event.
Award winners at last nights event.

INSPIRATIONAL crimefighters were hailed during a police awards night for their tireless efforts to keep a community safe.

Hartlepool’s District Commander Awards saw those who go the extra mile in serving the town praised for their outstanding work.

Superintendent Glenn Gudgeon, the District Commander for Hartlepool, handed out 20 commendations and 34 merits during a two-hour celebration at Hartlepool Maritime Experience’s Sir William Gray Suite.

Supt Gudgeon said he was “immensely proud” to present the certificates after a year in which crime has fallen and a range of operations and initiatives were launched.

He beamed: “Hartlepool Police serves a very diverse community with some significant challenges, but we have heard about people who have faced up to those challenges with bravery and courage.

“The evening was about recognising these achievements and celebrating people’s success.

“But a lot of what has been achieved is about teamwork, so there are a lot more out there who have made a significant contribution as well and are not here, and we owe them gratitude as well.”

The awards covered a range of achievements, from recognising officers’ efforts to save people’s lives during suspected suicide attempts to dealing with major incidents such as a stabbing and rapes.

They also highlighted community work taking place across the town to reduce crime, engage with children and to make the town a better and safer place to live.

Supt Gudgeon also hailed the work of special constables, who volunteer to police the streets, while praising the efforts of agencies such as Housing Hartlepool to tackle crime.

He also praised the Mail as a “fantastic partner” in promoting the town.

Supt Gudgeon added: “I’m immensely proud to be able to hand these awards out.

“It is the first time I have done this and it is something I will remember for the rest of my life.”

l See Saturday’s Mail for in-depth coverage and photos from the awards.