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National awards ceremony praises police officers and staff going the extra mile

Date published: 16 June 2011

The British Association for Women in Policing has recognised the achievements of two Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers at the association’s annual awards ceremony in Leicester on Monday 13 June.

GMP’s Detective Chief Inspector Lynne Vernon, of Bury Division, was placed first in the Leadership award category, while PCSO Tracy Threadgold-O’Sullivan, of the Metropolitan Division, was named winner of the Police Staff Achievement award.

Leadership, Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Lynne Vernon, Bury Division, Greater Manchester Police:

Lynne joined GMP in July 1984 and on successfully completing her probation was noted as a ‘good all rounder’ and ‘worth watching’ by her then Chief Constable. In 1990 she transferred permanently to the CID achieving promotion and has been performing the role of Temporary Detective Chief Inspector since November 2008.

Lynne’s career to date has been one of consistent exceptional performance and she is an excellent leader of people.

Chief Superintendent Jon Rush of the Bury Division states, “She made an instant impression on me. She immediately demonstrated a people focused approach to her work – whether that was in dealing with victims or witnesses or supporting her staff through difficult investigations or personal circumstances. However, it wasn’t just her people skills that made her stand out, it was her ability to remain calm and focused as well as a steely determination to stand up for what was right and not allow herself to be manipulated or thrown off course”.

Her previous line manager said, “This is the first time I have ever rated anybody so highly in every area. Lynne is exceptional and has proved this time and time again. Her staff want to work for her, respect her and she is well respected across the force and very much sought after. I have been inspired myself. Her dedication, experience, professionalism and personality make her a fine example for people to follow.

During her career Lynne has reorganised her CID team to make them more effective; developed and inspired staff by rotation, courses and tutoring; managed serious welfare cases and dealt with major crime investigations throughout.

She continues to be most highly thought of both by colleagues, partners and the families she assists with such compassion. Her personal file is saturated with letters and cards of appreciation and thanks from both colleagues and victims alike.
She in one in a million, a consummate professional and is rated as an exceptional in every category. Numerous people have written about leadership – Lynne just delivers it day in and day out. 

Police Staff Achievement, Police Community Support Officer Tracy Threadgold-O’Sullivan, Metropolitan Division:

Tracy is described by her Chief Superintendent, Mr Russ Jackson, as consistently exceptional everyday and she shines in her unwavering commitment to the community she supports.

Tracy initially worked in the Fraud Department until the role of PCSO was introduced and she opted for a career change. Her Inspector was immediately impressed with her positive approach and her desire always to give her very best. A star member of the team, she never moans when required to do any task and encourages others to adopt the same approach.

Tracy is the longest serving PCSO at Gorton and has been instrumental in the team achieving Exemplar status – national recognition as being one of the UK’s best Neighbourhood Policing teams.

Amongst her achievements are running lengthy community engagement operations; assisting a young disfigured victim of assault to employment and thus boosting their confidence and early recovery and working hard in primary schools delivering safety talks.

Tracy is fabulous with victims of crime and coordinates the burglary revisits, where she gives a premium service of reassurance, advice and support. She can be seen walking or cycling all over her beat and has become a highly respected officer.

Despite having a prosthetic arm, Tracy remained undeterred in her desire to become an effective PCSO and overcame the difficulties to pass the required medical assessments. Her disability has given her colleagues and community a greater knowledge and insight.

Throughout all these difficulties Tracy was, and continues to be, faultless in her commitment to deliver a quality service to the residents and she is a true inspiration to her colleagues and a marvellous ambassador for the police service in general. 

The ceremony recognised the outstanding achievements of police officers and staff from forces across the UK and was held by the British Association for Women in Policing in association with Jane’s Police Review.

A total of 93 nominations were submitted for the 10 award categories, and BAWP president, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, presented the awards.

Chief Constable Peter Fahy said “This is a fantastic achievement for Lynne and Tracy. The fact that they were selected as winners from among a substantial number of nominations shows the high calibre of work carried out by the people of GMP. I am immensely proud of those achievements, which are providing an outstanding service to the public and delivering real leadership."