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Community celebrates the Pride of Gorton

Jim Battle, PC Alex Vernon and Inspector John-Paul Ruffle

Greater Manchester’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner joined the police and local people for the first ever ‘Pride of Gorton Awards’.

Organised by Greater Manchester Police the ceremony took place at Gorton Monastery on Sunday 12 October 2014 and was attended by more than 130 people including guests from the local community, Manchester Gorton MP Sir Gerald Kaufman and the Lord Mayor of Manchester Susan Cooley.

The awards were held as a way for local officers to recognise the special people who make a difference to the community and those around them. The Pride of Gorton Awards recognises local people’s inspirational stories, success, problem solving, bravery and the contribution made to policing and the community of Gorton.

The event was funded by money seized from local criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and included a drinks reception and a sit down meal for all those in attendance.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle presented PC Alex Vernon with the Outstanding Neighbourhood Officer Award.

“This was a fantastic event which was an opportunity to recognise those who are making a difference in their community and have real pride and passion in where they live,” said Jim.

“I was proud to present PC Alex Vernon with his award.  His dedication and hard work to working with the people of Gorton to tackle the issues that matter to them has really paid off and is an excellent example of neighbourhood policing at its best.”

Inspector John-Paul Ruffle said: “The Pride of Gorton Awards was a fantastic event and we have received great feedback from everybody who came.

“Gorton has so many active residents that are making a big difference to their community, it was incredibly satisfying to recognise a number of them and I was extremely humbled by the standard and quantity of the nominations.

“These winners have transformed people’s lives for the better and are a fantastic example to others. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!”

Photo shows Jim Battle, PC Alex Vernon and Inspector John-Paul Ruffle

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