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The PC John Taylor Memorial Award presented to Constable Les Bertolone - Local Policing North

On 23 November 1986 PC John Taylor was fatally injured when he fell from the seventh floor of a building whilst arresting a burglar in Penkhull,

Stoke-on-Trent. The specially-designed memorial cup was obtained with donations made by local people.

A memorial was also erected in Kingsway, Stoke-on-Trent, and was officially unveiled by the Rt Hon Roy Hattersley MP.

The memorial cup is presented annually to a serving police officer or member of the Special Constabulary who has made an outstanding contribution to the community, performed an act of bravery, or a sporting achievement.


PC Bertolone is now in the last 12 months of his service with Staffordshire Police. His entire career has been spent on the Stoke North policing area, providing a firm but fair visible approach to the community of Stoke North and, particularly, to the residents of Moorcroft Ward (Cobridge) where he is the current neighbourhood officer.

The integrity, determination and enthusiasm for his work and his commitment to do the right thing for the people of Moorcroft Ward is clear today as it was on the day he took the oath of office.

PC Bertolone
PC Bertolone
has spent his entire career ensuring that those that commit crime are arrested and brought to justice and those that are victims of crime are provided with a quality of service and safeguarded from further harm.

He is fully aware of the importance of working with partners and being part of a team, through his infectious enthusiasm he has brought agencies together to solve issues for the benefit of the community he serves.

The Chief Constable is delighted to invite the Lord Mayor for the City of Stoke-on-Trent to present the PC John Taylor Memorial Award to Les Bertolone.