The winning authorities were chosen on the basis of submissions detailing their risk management activities. The two categories of award, 'Most Beneficial Initiative' and 'Most Comprehensive Programmes for loss Control' were awarded across all types of authorities.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary won the award for 'Most Beneficial Initiative'.
Avon and Somerset, in the smaller authorities category, were praised for the development and implementation of their initiative on police officer safety. The programme encompasses the whole spectrum of risk management activity surrounding this issue, including, police officer fitness, safety equipment and training.
Sunderland City Council scooped the award for larger authority in the 'Most Beneficial Initiative' category.
Sunderland implemented a corporate policy on the management of small plant and tools which has resulted in a healthier working environment, a reduction of loss and theft and more effective management of this overall area.
Somerset CC and Oxfordshire CC were highly commended in this category.
Wycombe DC won the award for 'Most Comprehensive loss control programme' in the smaller authorities category.
Through a series of risk management and loss control measures Wycombe have achieved substantial savings on insurance premiums, incidents/claims have been reduced and the risk management ethos has become embedded in all departments.
Flintshire CC and Dorset CC jointly won the award for 'Most Comprehensive loss control programme' in the larger authorities category.
The entries for Flintshire and Dorset both involved the development and implementation of a corporate strategy for good management of risk involving all departments.
John Murray, general manager for Zurich Municipal said:
'We are delighted to congratulate the award winning authorities, the level of entries and the quality of submissions this year have been extremely encouraging. It is clear that risk management is increasingly becoming recognised as an essential area of activity for all local authorities.
'The high standard of entries for the awards this year demonstrate that local authorities are placing increased importance on the role of risk management. By reducing risk exposure and the cost of losses, this is producing real benefits for local government and the public they serve'.
Tony Chapman, chairman of ALARM, said:
'The ALARM award scheme represents a terrific opportunity to recognise the significant efforts of those committed to the development of professional risk management within local government'.