On Thursday, 7 June, Emma Saville, Partner in Lyons Davidson’s Catastrophic Injury team and Rachel Green, Head of Fatal Claims, attended road safety charity Brake’s inaugural Police Family Liaison Officer Awards. The ceremony was held at the Houses of Parliament on 7 June.
Family Liaison Officers provide a vital link between bereaved families and police forces in fatal incidents. The reception was attended by volunteers, partners and supporters, as well as MPs who are involved in in road safety matters.
The Family Liaison Officer awards were presented by the Metropolitan Police’s Commander Stuart Cundy, who gave the peer-nominated Outstanding Officer Achievement Award to PC Jon Ardron of Lancashire Constabulary. PC Ardron was recognised for his communication skills, compassion and support for bereaved families and his consideration of colleagues.
Also highly commended in this category were PC Michael Woodhouse of Cleveland Police and PC Vanessa Busby of Cumbria Police.
The Family Award was nominated by families who have been supported by a Family Liaison Officer for outstanding services provided. It was posthumously awarded to Cheshire Police’s PC Rick Hooley, who died in September 2017. PC Hooley was chosen because he had been exceptionally communicative over a three-year period, dedicated and professional.
Also highly commended in this category were PC Deanna Hyde of Derbyshire Constabulary and PC Pete Linsley of Northumbria Police.
A full list of everyone who was nominated for the 2018 awards can be found on the Brake website.