Meet some of Humberside's finest

Making A Difference Awards

17 Mar 2017

Most of our officers and staff would argue that the life-changing work they do for those living and working in our communities is all just part of the job.

However, we know that their bravery, selflessness and dedication to the people we serve makes a real difference to our communities – and this week we have been honouring their achievements at our Making A Difference Awards.

Some had gone above and beyond to save the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents, whilst the tenacity of others has ensured that predatory offenders have been taken off our streets and brought to justice.

Along with the 33 officers and five police staff, two immigration officers and a member of the public were also recognised for their efforts.

Temporary Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said: “I am incredibly proud of everyone who works for Humberside Police.

“We are not very good at accepting praise as most people say ‘I was just doing my job’. Our officers do incredible work every day of the week, putting themselves in danger and going over and above to help our communities.

“I would like to say well done to everyone who has received an award.”

Here are just a selection of the awards:

Life savers

(L to R, Liam Ward, Temp Chief Constable Garry Forsyth and PC Pete Tennyson)

Without the quick thinking of Liam Ward - a member of the public who joined PC Ben Frere, PC Pete Tennyson in going to the aid of a seriously injured cyclist on the A18 near Gunness, North Lincolnshire - he may not be alive today.

A father and son were cycling along the road when they were both struck by a car, causing life-changing injuries to the 42-year-old son and causing minor injuries to his father.

Liam, who was passing at the time of the incident, gave the 42-year-old initial first aid, stemming the loss of blood with a make-shift tourniquet until the arrival of PC Frere and PC Tennyson, who also administered first aid.

The trauma doctor at Hull Royal Infirmary later said that had it not been for their actions, the cyclist would have died from blood loss.

In recognition of their efforts, all three were presented with Royal Humane Society Awards.

The driver of the car, 22-year-old Daniel Waring, of Chapel Lane, East Butterwick, later admitted driving without due care and attention. He was banned from driving for six months and fined £100, with £85 costs and a £30 Government imposed Victims’ Surcharge.


Outstanding Detective

(L to R: Chf Supt Matt Hutchinson and DC Helen Garrod)

Thanks to the determination and outstanding police work of Detective Constable Helen Garrod, a dangerous sex offender is now serving an 18 year jail term.

David Woodhouse, 65, was found guilty of three counts of rape and 12 indecent assaults against two girls over a six year period in the 1980s.

Presenting the award, Chief Superintendent Matt Hutchinson said: “Through her actions, DC Garrod has made the most significant contribution to the victim’s lives, allowing them to see justice and help them to move forward with their lives – as well as ensuring that a dangerous perpetrator of sex offences against children will no longer be a risk.”

Dc Garrod said: "‘Historic cases are always more difficult to investigate. Along with ISVA Tracy Steel I was able to support the two victims through the process. The court result was not only satisfying for me but it has been life changing for the victims.’


Keen observation

(L to R: Chf Supt Christine Wilson and PCSO Katie Hart)

PCSO Katie Hart’s keen policing instincts led to a 15-year-old boy being charged with burglary – and all because she spotted a suspicious looking vehicle.

She was on patrol when she saw a car parked in a remote spot close to Goole canal and, after smelling what she believed to be drugs, called in backup from her local PCs.

Two chainsaws were found in the car, which she quickly linked to a burglary in Whiftgift.

Four people – including the 15-year-old - were arrested in connection with the incident. The other three were later cautioned and the chainsaws were returned to their rightful owner.

Chief Superintendent Christine Wilson said: “This was an excellent joint Communities Command investigation initiated by the keen observation and diligent enquiries of PCSO Hart.”