16/11/2004

Trio of PSNI officers up for police ‘Oscars’

Three award-winning police officers from Northern Ireland are jetting off to London this week to attend the annual police ‘Oscars’.

Reserve Constable Colin Moore, Northern Ireland’s Community Police Officer of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Constable Kenneth Craig and Probationer of the Year, Constable David Knox will attend the Jane’s Police Review Gala Awards ceremony on Wednesday at the Marriott Hotel in London.

All three officers were winners at the Northern Ireland ‘Policing with the Community’ Awards in May, held to publicly recognise and reward outstanding problem solving policing in partnership with local communities.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton said the force was delighted that three of its officers would be representing the PSNI at the Awards.

“The National Awards will judge our officers against the best in the country, and having been involved with the process for some years now, I know the competition will be very stiff,” he said.

Set up in 1992, the annual Awards Jane’s Police Review Gala Awards are designed to highlight the works of police officers on the beat, who rarely make the headlines but deserve to.

Every police service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has at least one nominee competing among the four categories at these awards.

All 109 nominees will receive a medal from Home Secretary David Blunkett at the gala ceremony.

(MB/SP)

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