A POLICE officer who has put amazing efforts into reducing crime and fostering positive behaviour in young people in Huddersfield has won national recognition.
Pc Richard Allen, who is based in Huddersfield, has been announced a winner in the Justice Awards 2006 for his individual outstanding contribution to tackling youth crime.
Pc Allen, who has 28 years service with West Yorkshire Police, received his award in London.
Pc Allen, a Youth Diversion Officer for over two years, devised and delivered an anti-robbery campaign across ten schools this year, which saw school crime fall by a staggering 80%.
Based with the Kirklees Community Safety Team, he has been the driving force behind a wealth of projects in the Kirklees area, all connected with improving self-esteem for young people and encouraging positive behaviour.
Acting chief Constable Julia Hodson, chairman of West Yorkshire
Criminal Justice Board, said: "We are delighted to see Richard Allen recognised in a national awards scheme and we offer our warmest congratulations.
"Coming first in the category Outstanding Contribution to Tackling Youth Crime is a real tribute to the work he has done in the Kirklees area."
Insp Nick Harvey, of Kirklees Community Safety, said: "Richard does a tremendous amount of work with young people in the
area and thoroughly deserves to be recognised by this prestigious award.
"He does an excellent job in showing young people how to ensure they don't become a victim of crime as well as becoming involved in crime themselves, which only serves to benefit the local communities.
"West Yorkshire Police and the Kirklees Division are proud to have such an officer among their staff."
Baroness Scotland, the minister for Criminal Justice and Offender management at the Home Office, said: "I'm delighted that the innovation and dedication shown by individuals, such as PC Allen, is being recognised.
"These truly outstanding winners demonstrate how the Local Criminal Justice Board is working to make our communities safer."