Major award for road-safety team

Northumbria Police's Operation Dragoon team at the awards ceremony.
Northumbria Police's Operation Dragoon team at the awards ceremony.

Northumbria Police’s Operation Dragoon team won a prize at the Prince Michael International Road Safety awards ceremony, which recognised the work of road-safety professionals from around the world.

The team was presented with a Safer Road Users Award by Prince Michael of Kent at the Savoy Hotel in London last week.

Guests from around the world, as far as Cambodia, Singapore and Canada, gathered to recognise the efforts in 2016, with professionals all working towards a Decade of Action to make the roads safer for all.

Sgt Phil Patterson, who leads the team, said: “I’m extremely proud of the team who have shown outstanding commitment and forward thinking with their ideas. They work tirelessly and passionately to help keep the roads of our region safe and it is only right that they be recognised for their efforts.”

He added: “It was a pleasure to meet His Royal Highness and he was genuinely interested in the work we are doing. I also had a brief chat with Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Transport. He was also keen to learn more about Operation Dragoon and we hope to continue that conversation with him soon.”