Over 100 people gathered to celebrate the bravery, dedication and hard work of police officers, staff and volunteers last night at the Wiltshire Police Awards Ceremony.

The first ceremony of 2019 took place at new venue Casterley Barn and saw 36 recipients take to the stage to receive their certificates.

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard opened the ceremony praising the recipients for their unwavering bravery, commitment and public service in the face of what had been an extremely busy and challenging year for Wiltshire Police.

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “Our award ceremony is one of the highlights of my role as the Chef Constable and leaves me feeling incredibly proud and inspired by the amazing people who play their part in policing our county.

“It is an honour to get the opportunity to say thank you and recognise the effort our people deliver day in, day out. We heard some truly remarkable stories throughout the evening and it meant even more that the recipient’s loved ones were present and got to share in their successes and celebrations.

“Every person who attended last night makes such a valuable contribution across the Force, and, more importantly, has made a real difference to our communities. From frontline officers, police staff and our volunteers to the loved ones providing support from behind the scenes, they all play their part in ensuring Wiltshire Police can continue to protect our communities.”

The ceremony was overseen by the Master of Ceremonies T/ACC Deborah Smith and included distinguished guests Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson, Lord Lieutenant Mrs Sarah Troughton and High Sheriff Nicky Alberry.

Mr Macpherson, who closed the ceremony, said: “I have been truly humbled by some of the stories we heard last night – the commitment and dedication of our officers, staff and volunteers never ceases to amaze me.

“Ceremonies like this rightly recognise those who run towards danger when everyone else is running away and those who go above and beyond to keep our communities safe.

“I am incredibly proud to work alongside such an inspiring group of people serving the public of Wiltshire and Swindon as Police and Crime Commissioner.”

(photograph courtesy of Dominic Parkes)

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