Wigan PC scoops award

PC James Booth
PC James Booth

A Wigan officer was among the shining stars from Greater Manchester Police recognised at an awards ceremony.

PC James Booth landed the Service By Student Officers award for his dedication to learning and development and becoming an excellent role model for new students.

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He was honoured by the force's STARS awards, which recognise officers, volunteers, investigative teams and police staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the past year.

Awards were presented to officers, apprentices, police community support officers and volunteers at Gorton Monastery on Friday.

The awards were presented for different categories including service, team work, action, respect and safety, as well as a series of special recognition awards.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins opened the ceremony and paid tribute to all police staff.

He said: “Over the past 12 months our police officers and staff have once again excelled and these awards are testament to the wonderful work that they do day in day out.

“The STARS awards are a fantastic celebration of achievement and a way of showing appreciation for the amazing work that they do.

“The public motivation score was extremely high in our recent staff survey, which shows how highly motivated GMP colleagues are to deliver public service, and the award nominations we received from across the force reflect that.”

Among the other winners were Sgt Philip Lowe, who developed a strategy to deal with youth disorder in Stockport, and customer enquiry unit supervisor Joanne Taylor, who has transformed the unit and service for the public in just 12 months.

Meanwhile, shining examples of teamwork included Ordsall and Langworthy’s neighbourhood team in Salford. The team has taken giant strides to fight anti-social behaviour in Langworthy by working closely with partners and they secured more than £15,000 to help tackle it.

Mr Hopkins added: “All of our winners have shown a huge amount of professionalism and a dedication to the people of Greater Manchester and have done the force proud.”