A DETECTIVE who worked in Huddersfield has won a top police award.
Det Sgt Anna Tomlinson - who was with Huddersfield CID for three years - has won the Adams/ McGill Award.
The trophy is presented to someone in the West Yorkshire force who has made an exceptional contribution to working with vulnerable victims.
Det Sgt Tomlinson has been warmly praised by a Huddersfield family she helped.
Det Sgt Tomlinson - who received a glass bowl and framed certificate - was judged the winner for leading an investigation into a series of violent sex attacks on prostitutes in Leeds city centre.
She liaised closely with and provided a great deal of support to the victims and witnesses.
She worked in Huddersfield CID from July, 1999, until June, 2002, when she was promoted to sergeant and moved to the City and Holbeck division in Leeds.
She was the family liaison officer for Marc Jackson's family after the Colne Valley High School pupil was badly crushed under a school bus in April, 2002.
Marc, who has defied the odds to fight back from horrendous injuries sustained in the incident, won the Courage Award in last year's Examiner Community Awards.
After many operations - with further treatment to follow in the years to come - Marc is now back at school part-time.
Marc's father, Mark Jackson, said: "Anna was brilliant and never left our sides until we knew Marc would pull through. That was 15 days after it happened.
"She kept us so well-informed with what was going on and kept meticulous notes, so we knew which medical staff had helped Marc and how. She was fantastic."
Det Sgt Tomlinson said: "I am delighted to receive this award in recognition of my work.
"It's only right that victims of crime should be given a first-class. We will continue to strive for improvements in this area."
The runner-up was Sgt Marianne Huison, who is in charge of the Kirklees Domestic Violence and Adult Protection Unit.
She received a framed certificate and was singled out for her leadership skills, experience and commitment, which led to improvements in the service for vulnerable victims across Kirklees.
She was instrumental in expanding the domestic violence unit to include vulnerable victims and rape victims.
The Adams/McGill award recognises the enormous contribution made by the late Det Insp Cath Adams and retired Det Sgt Jane McGill towards vulnerable victims since the 1980s, when attitudes towards domestic violence and rape victims were less understanding than they are now.
Cath died of cancer, but even in her final days she continued to help the vulnerable.
Jane has now retired from West Yorkshire Police.
But she still contributes to the force through her involvement with voluntary and statutory organisations which help victims of child abuse and sexual assaults.