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As you know the POA Annual Conference was cancelled in 2020 where the above awards would have been given. The National Executive Committee decided that these awards can be awarded. All the recipients have been informed by correspondence prior to this Circular being promulgated.
Normally those awardees would be presented with their awards at Conference and celebrated with their family, friends and colleagues. That part of it is clearly delayed but will occur when permitted after restrictions are lifted.
I am sure you will join in with the Executive in congratulating those awards in the following categories;
CRONIN CLASP AWARDS
Al Miller (formerly HMP Aylesbury)
Jim Starkie HMP Preston
John McLean HMP Haverigg
HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARD
Rob Atkinson HMP Gartree
STEVE OXBY AWARD
Karen Henry Rampton Special Hospital
All the recipients of the award are a credit to the POA for their representation of their respective POA members at local level. The branches involved should be extremely proud of them for their achievements over long periods of time and showing commitment to the POA as a trade union.
Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.