Policing Awards

Copy of email received Monday 19th May, 2009

Top Awards For Police In Wakefield District

Tuesday May 19, 2009

Police in the Wakefield District have scooped top honours for their success in acting on calls from members of the public.

The Division has been presented with a Certificate of Excellence from the Yorkshire, Humberside and East Midlands Regional Police Crimestoppers Consortium (RPCC), the organisation that represents the forces in relation to Crimestoppers.

The award, acknowledging work to ensure that calls are dealt with effectively, clearly highlights the effectiveness of the partnership between the Crimestoppers charity and the RPCC. The citation on the Certificate of Excellence reads: “for developing systems and processes that promote best practice, deliver visible social justice and improve public confidence”.

And the district’s Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Marc Callaghan was recently named Crimestopper of the Month highlighting the large number of arrests so far this year in the district which were better than the numbers of arrests made by 26 of the 43 police forces in the UK .

The division’s work will be highlighted as good practice by the National Police Improvement Agency.

One in every six calls made to Crimestoppers from people living in the Wakefield district results in an arrest. Crimestoppers has provided
information that has led to more than 100 arrests in the Wakefield District Police Division in the first quarter of this year for offences including theft, burglary, drugs and drink driving.

Chief Superintendent Marc Callaghan, Wakefield District Police Divisional Commander, said: "This is excellent news – it is a credit to the people of the Wakefield district that they have the confidence in the police to deal with the things that they are telling us matter to them.

"It is another example of keeping our promise to deliver an excellent service that we and the public can be proud of..

“All information passed to us is never ignored or overlooked and if it can be acted upon immediately, it will be. We want these calls to continue - that little piece of information they have may be the final piece in a jigsaw that leads to the arrest and conviction of someone who has been
committing crime and ruining lives in their neighbourhood.

"Of course there are often occasions when the information we receive does not support immediate police action. We may need to gather further information to support warrants or collect more evidence but this is
because we want to have the best chance of catching and convicting the criminals who are harming our communities."

Crimestoppers calls are anonymous, cash rewards are available from £100 up to £1000 with information that leads to person(s) being arrested and charged.

People can call 0800 555111 of they can also give information anonymously via the website www.Crimestoppers-uk.org. They can also text on 88551 about who is carrying knives or weapons.

Wakefield North West Neighbourhood Policing Team
Tel no: 01924 294 671  karen.vezina@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

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