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District commander speaks of “ordinary people doing extraordinary things”

Police lineThe shooting of two West Yorkshire Police officers highlights “the very real dangers and serious risks that police officers face as they go about their routine daily business – if such a thing exists”.

Ch Supt Paul Money, Leeds District Commander, said the actions of PC Hudson and PC Whiteley on the night they were shot by James Lesley and the manner in which they have dealt and continue to deal with the impact of what happened to them “makes me very proud to be their District Commander.”

He added: ““They are representative of their police colleagues across Leeds and West Yorkshire in that they are ordinary people doing extraordinary things out of a sense of vocation every day that they come to work.

“I am sure this outcome will help them, their families, friends and colleagues come to terms with what happened back in the early hours of that December morning last year.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: “The actions of James Leslie are in stark contrast to the bravery shown by PC Suzanne Hudson and her colleagues, and I hope that the outcome will help them come to terms with what happened on that day in December last year.

“We all must recognise the bravery demonstrated by officers and staff every single day to ensure the safety of the public. I want to pay tribute to their dedication and commitment in keeping our communities safe and feeling safe.”

Date posted: July 31, 2014

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