THE work of police officers, volunteers and investigative teams in keeping the region safe has been recognised.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable’s STARS awards saw 13 teams and individuals honoured for their services over the past 12 months.

The awards recognise the best in the force and pay tribute to those who go above and beyond in their daily work.

The awards were held at the Imperial War Museum North, last Friday, and proceedings were opened by host Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.

The evening was compered by radio presenter Mike Sweeney and the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Warren Smith was in attendance.

Police officers and staff in five areas were recognised – service, teamwork, action, respect and safety.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “It’s fantastic to hold the STARS awards again this year. We have had so many achievements from both officers and staff over the last 12 months, a testament to the fantastic work that all of our colleagues do day in day out, and it’s only right that we take a moment to show our appreciation for all that they do.

“All of the nominees should be extremely proud – they have shown real resilience, professionalism and a dedication to the people of Greater Manchester that they should all be proud of.”

Among the groups that were honoured was the GMP Police Band, which has raised more than £500,000 for charity since it was set up.

It is celebrating its 140th anniversary and was handed the special recognition award for its work.

Among the members of the band is Rachael Binder, originally from Bolton, who started volunteering with the band on clarinet in 2012.

Frank Green, who attended the Farnworth brass band in his youth, also plays trombone in the band.

He joined around 12 years ago and plays with the symphonic wind band and the big band.

Other winners included:-

The Karin Mulligan respect award went to the PLOD team for an innovative and inclusive project to help members of the deaf community communicate with GMP.

Other people honoured included PC Gareth Greaves, a police dog handler, who received the innovation and best practice award in the action category.

It was for his work around processes in the unit.

Officers around the region were also honoured, including PC Martin Burkinshaw, a Wigan officer who helped a man who was trying to commit suicide and a team of officers for solving a series of thefts and assaults in Manchester’s Canal Street.

PC Nicholas Lee was recognised for his bravery after he dived into a river to save a woman from drowning in Clayton.