Police quake service recognised

South Canterbury police who gave a helping hand in Christchurch after the devastating February 22, 2011 earthquake have been recognised with a special award for their service.

Forty men and women received the Canterbury Earthquake Citation on Wednesday in a ceremony held in the Alpine Energy Band Hall.

The award design is a red and black ribbon framed in silver.

Police Commissioner Peter Marshall presented 117 Canterbury police staff with the first of these awards in October.

"Ultimately more than 1000 Canterbury police staff and 3600 nationally and internationally will receive the citation for their roles in one of the darkest moments in New Zealand's history," he said.

The award is presented only to those who worked in Christchurch during the emergency period, but many other police personnel worked to support the earthquake response from a distance, Commissioner Marshall said.

"It is rare for this type of award to be made and it reflects the high esteem held for the work undertaken by recipients during a period of great risk and uncertainty."

The Timaru Herald