Top cops are given awards

Members of the  Halifax Town Centre Team with their Colin Cramphorn Trophy for Contribution to Neighbourhood Policing award at the 2015 West Yorkshire Police Awards
Members of the Halifax Town Centre Team with their Colin Cramphorn Trophy for Contribution to Neighbourhood Policing award at the 2015 West Yorkshire Police Awards

Teamwork was the route to success as the achievements of a number of Calderdale officers were recognised at the 2015 West Yorkshire Police Awards.

PC Kevin Scott was crowned Student Officer of the Year, retired Sergeant Michael Bowden got the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Halifax Town Centre Team won the Colin Cramphorn Trophy for Contribution to Neighbourhood Policing.

Calderdale District PC Kevin Scott (centre) with his Student of the Year award at the 2015 West Yorkshire Police Awards

Calderdale District PC Kevin Scott (centre) with his Student of the Year award at the 2015 West Yorkshire Police Awards

Over the last year PC Scott, who was described as a “tenacious and enthusiastic” officer has “used his knowledge of offenders, proactive ability and lateral thinking to lead many projects within the district with exceptional results for an officer so young in his service”.

PC Scott, who has tackled serious drug-relatd crime and anti-social behaviour, said: “I’m extremely proud. My father was a serving officer and it’s a vocation for me. I’m absolutely dedicated to policing and serving the community.”

The Halifax Town Centre team received its award for helping to make Halifax town centre safer via skilled policing and the development of strong working relationships with partners.

Over the last 12 months, the team has tackled vehicle crime, anti-social behaviour - both in the day time and at night - shoplifting, the selling and handling of stolen goods and more.

Michael Bowden with his Wesy Yorkshire Policing Award.

Michael Bowden with his Wesy Yorkshire Policing Award.

Inspector Colin Skeath, of the Halifax Neighbourhood Policing Teams, said: “It’s nice to get the award and it’s great for the team to be recognised by the wider force. Yes it’s great that we have an award but it’s the public perception that really matters.”

Meanwhile, Mr Bowden, who retired from the force earlier this year after 30 years service - 13 of which were spent as a Sergeant in Todmorden, said: “My name’s on the award, but really it should say the police and community because everything we achieved, we achieved together.

“It’s for the whole of Calderdale and our partners.”