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Bradford probation officer honoured
10:00am Saturday 9th February 2013 in News
A Bradford probation officer will be recognised for her work with offenders in the city at an awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Kate Brooksbank is among a group from West Yorkshire Probation Trust who will receive a prestigious Butler Trust Commendation from the Princess Royal during the event on March 11.
The awards were launched in 1985 and recognise outstanding dedication, skill and creativity by people working in prisons, probation or youth justice settings across the UK, with only ten awards and 20 commendations given each year to individuals and projects.
Miss Brooksbank has won a commendation for her work on ‘restorative justice’ in Bradford, a process which brings together victims and offenders so that victims can ask questions and offenders face up to the impact of their crimes and take responsibility for what they have done.
Maggie Smallridge, head of Bradford Probation, said: “We feel we are extremely fortunate to have someone of Kate’s calibre to have set up this project in Bradford.
“Through Kate’s hard work and inspiration to others, restorative justice has had a profound effect on offenders, victims, staff members and communities in Bradford.
“Kate is a committed and dedicated individual who has made a significant and positive impact.”