POLICE officers have been recognised at a national policing awards for their efforts to reduce knife crime.

Four police officers from North Yorkshire Police were commended for their work at the National Police Chiefs' Council Local Policing Awards.

Superintendent Allan Harder, sergeant Neil Northend and police constable Andrew Collinson received an award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Child Centred Policing’ for their role in Operation Divan.

Whilst police community support officer Justin Piercy was awarded the 'PCSO of the Year.'

Operation Divan was launched in May to keep young people away from carrying knives and weapons.

Sergeant Neil Northend said: “We’re all overwhelmed at the recognition of our work and being given this award.

"Keeping young people safe from harm is at the centre of what we do as a youth engagement team.

"The operation is very much a team effort, working with schools and partners such as the Youth Justice Service and our local policing teams."