Op Dragoon wins international award

15 Dec 2016 07:41 AM

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Northumbria Police road safety operation wins international award.

On Tuesday, December 13, the Northumbria Police Operation Dragoon team attended the Prince Michael International Road Safety awards ceremony in London which recognised the work of road safety professionals from around the world.

The team were presented with a Safer Road Users Award by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent at the Savoy hotel in London.

Guests from around the world, as far as Cambodia, Singapore and Canada gathered to recognise the efforts of road safety professionals in 2016 all working towards a Decade of Action to make the roads safer for all.

The team were nominated for their award earlier in the year and were praised for their innovative approach to intelligence gathering and risk grading to ensure those who pose the most danger to the road using public are identified and managed quickly. The model has sparked interest from other forces with some already replicating the model.

Sgt Phil Patterson who leads the team said, "I'm extremely proud of the team who have shown outstanding commitment and forward thinking with their ideas. They work tirelessly and passionately to help keep the roads of our region safe and it is only right that they be recognised for their efforts.

"It was a pleasure to meet His Royal Highness and he was genuinely interested in the work we are doing. I also had a brief chat with Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Transport. He was also keen to learn more about Operation Dragoon and we hope to continue that conversation with him soon."

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