Op Dragoon wins Outstanding Contribution to Roads Policing Award

26 January 2017

Sgt Phil Patterson

Sgt Phil Patterson accepts the award on behalf of Op Dragoon

A team of officers who developed an intelligence grading system for serious road offenders has received the Outstanding Contribution to Roads Policing Award recognising their achievements.

Northumbria Police’s Operation Dragoon works to protect road users through a specially developed programmed of enforcement, engagement and education.

Sergeant Phil Patterson accepted the award on behalf of his team tonight at the annual Roads Policing Conference at Hinckley Island.

Through their work, Op Dragoon identify and target those who present the biggest risk to the public on our roads, and have developed and run a programme of road safety education resources which are available for all school ages.

Sergeant Phil Patterson said: “This is down to the hard work of my team, who have worked tirelessly to safeguard the public from dangerous and persistent road offenders. The safety of the public is at the forefront of everything they do.

“Operation Dragoon has been recognised, both nationally and internationally, as the way forward to target dangerous and criminal behaviour on the roads, and we hope this can be replicated by other policing authorities. This award is gratefully accepted, and dedicated to the team that I work with.”

Jayne Willetts, roads policing lead for the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “I’m extremely impressed with the standard of the nominations this year, which made it very difficult to choose an absolute winner. Everybody that was nominated should be very proud. However, Operation Dragoon were absolutely outstanding. Their contribution to roads policing, in enforcement and education, is a model that other forces should aim to follow.”

Phil King from award sponsor Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, said: “As a former traffic sergeant SIO and FLC, I’ve dealt with numerous fatalities and serious collisions. Now, working for Irwin Mitchell Solicitors advising on catastrophic injury cases, the evidence that the police gather is vital in pursuing rehabilitation and compensation for victims.

"For myself, and the firm to be able to acknowledge the work done by the police by sponsoring the awards means we can show some of our appreciation. It also provides the officers with a lasting memento for their efforts in keeping our roads safe and supporting victims in serious collisions."

The other award winners were:
First runner-up: Inspector (retired) Steve Grace, Sussex Police
Second runner-up: PC Andrew Nattrass, Norfolk Police
Third runner-up: PC Dan Cox, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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