Policing and justice powers are on course to be devolved next May, NIO minister Paul Goggins confirmed yesterday (Wednesday) at the annual policing 'Oscars'.
The Policing with the Community Awards honour PSNI officers and staff for commitment and dedication to the job.
The event was also attended by Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde, representatives from the Garda and Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan. Now in its fourth year, winners in seven categories were announced at Belfast City Hall.
Probationer of the Year was Constable Colin McMullan from Foyle. Staff Member of the Year went to Lynda Magill, a typist in Carrickfergus Intelligence Unit, while Constable Rhonda Adams from Coleraine won the award for part-time officer.
Foyle District Command Unit (DCU) won the 'Partnership Award' and South Belfast DCU the Diversity in Action Award.
Community Police Officer of the Year was Reserve Constable Sandra Templeton in west Belfast and a lifetime achievement award went to Constable Jan McKay, a domestic violence officer from Larne.
Deputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton said engaging with communities was key to making Northern Ireland a safer place.
"Today's event recognises the commitment of our people, both police and police staff, to serving and going the extra mile for the community," he said.