Police officers, staff and members of the public have received recognition for their bravery and dedication at commendation ceremonies held at North Yorkshire Police headquarters.
And Tadcaster officers were highlighted for dealing with an overturned prison bus carrying high risk sex offenders.
Sgt Julian Pearson, of the Roads Policing Group based at Tadcaster, received a Director’s Commendations for his professionalism in the face of a very difficult situation involving the incident on the A64 at Tadcaster last July.
The prisoners, categorised as high risk sex offenders, were being transported to various jails following disturbances at HMP Hull.
G4S later confirmed that at least six of the prisoners would have tried to escape if the opportunity had arisen.
Sgt Pearson coordinated all the emergency services to ensure they could undertake their primary roles, while ensuring that during the rescue of injured, the security of the prisoners was maintained and public safety was assured.
All nine prisoners were safely released following initial medical assessment within the vehicle. Six were immediately taken back to HMP Hull while three were removed to hospital for treatment to minor injuries.
Chief Superintendent Andy McMillan said: “Traffic Sergeant Pearson’s professional and decisive actions on the day meant that as well as the injured people receiving the medical treatment they needed, they didn’t pose a threat to members of the public.”
And for the same incident Chief Inspector Mark Iveson, of the Force Control Room in York, was awarded a Director’s Commendation for his leadership and professionalism in commanding the complex multi-agency emergency response.
A force spokesman said: “This was a difficult and challenging incident which required the careful assessment of risk against competing operational service demands.”
North Yorkshire Police received very positive feedback from the other emergency services regarding how the incident was coordinated and brought to a safe and successful conclusion.
Chief Superintendent Andy McMillan said: “Chief Inspector Iveson displayed effective command and his coordination of the multi-agency response was a critical element which led to a successful resolution of this complex and challenging incident.”
Police Constable Tony Papworth, of the Firearms Support Unit at Tadcaster, was awarded a Director’s Commendation for his initiative and bravery during the rescue of a man from the River Ouse, in York, on November 13 2010.
He arrived at the scene after a report of three men in difficulty after their boat capsized.
Two of the men had managed to reach safety but the remaining man was still in the river.
The river was extremely fast flowing and PC Papworth and a colleague commandeered a nearby boat.
Then, with the assistance of the owner, they rescued the man from the river using both skill and considerable courage.
Chief Superintendent Andy Macmillan said: “PC Anthony Papworth acted in the highest traditions of the service.
“I have no doubt that the initiative and quick actions saved the man’s life.”
The ceremonies were hosted by Director of Crime Directorate, Chief Superintendent Karnail Dulku, Acting Director of Response and Reassurance, Chief Superintendent Ken McIntosh and Director of Specialist Operations, Temporary Chief Superintendent Andy McMillan.