At this years The Pride in Policing Awards there was a special category for the Force’s ‘paw-some’ pooches and their handlers with the winner selected by the public and saw a staggering 37,000 votes cast.
This years top dog was PD Max who, alongside handler PC Adam Fegan, who stopped a dangerous driver in their tracks after he had led officers on a pursuit.
The new award was launched to recognise the bravery of our police dogs after the introduction of Finn’s Law, make it an offence to harm or abuse an animal in the line of duty.
The amazing contribution volunteers make to the Force and our region was also recognised, and there is no-one more deserving of an award than farmer Michael Scott who has dedicated 35 years to being a Special Constable.
In this role, he has saved a man’s life, stopped a raging bull and helped catch criminals targeting rural communities.
The full list of winners:
1. Award for protecting the vulnerable – Sponsored by Northgate – DC Beverly Meikle and PC Olivia Scorer
2. Award for Outstanding Investigation – Sponsored by Konica Minolta – DCI Paul Woods and team
3. Award for Problem Solving – Sponsored by APD Communications- PCSO Lisa Waugh
4. Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year - SC Michael Scott
5. Award for Innovation within Policing – Sponsored by Optima - CV Jemma Woolley
6. Award for Outstanding Leadership – Sponsored by Integral – PC Brian Smiles
7. Award for Outstanding Partnership Work (High Sherriff) - Sgt Jason Henry
8. Northumbria Police ‘Amazing place to work’ award – Sponsored by Unison - TRiM Team
9. The Roy Toogood memorial award – Road safety, PC Derek Longstaff
10. Award for Extraordinary Public Service – The Catherine Pawlikow Memorial Award - DO Paul Carr
11. Award for Outstanding Bravery - Tony Teare Award – Sponsored by Northumbria Police Federation - PC Tracy Cook
12. Outstanding Contribution – Sponsored by Tails.com – Dog of the year PD Max and PC Adam Fegan.