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Two Harrogate officers nominated for police award

Two Harrogate officers nominated for police award

Published at 9:01am 27th September 2015.

Everyone is being encouraged to vote in the very first North Yorkshire Police Public Choice Award. 

Finalists facing the public vote include PC Richard Baranovsky, from Harrogate, who chased a man who was carrying an eight-inch blade in the town centre.

Sergeant Ed Simpson, also from Harrogate, is leading the way in breaking down taboos about mental health in the emergency services.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire (pictured), said: "This is the first time that we have had a Public Choice Award as part of the Annual Award Ceremony, and I urge the public to get behind it and show their support by voting.

"The public have already played their part by nominating people for awards, but their input at this stage is invaluable. It is very easy to do online, and having spoken with so many officers, staff members and volunteers through my role as Commissioner, I know just how much public support means to the people who work at North Yorkshire Police.

"There are always things we are looking to improve, but the police do a good job - often in tough circumstances - and this is a way for the public to show their appreciation to those who go the extra mile."

Chief Constable Dave Jones added: "People who work at North Yorkshire Police do outstanding things every day, but these nine nominees really do demonstrate the values of courage, compassion and inspiration that we stand for as an organisation.

"The Public Choice Award is a great way for us to showcase the work of North Yorkshire Police - which is often broader than people expect."

To read the nine nominees’ stories, and vote in the Public Choice Award, click here.

Voting closes at midnight on 9 October and the Award will be announced at a special ceremony in York on 23 October.