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Success celebrated at Warwickshire Police Chief Constable's awards evening

The service and dedication of officers and staff from Warwickshire Police has been recognised at a special ceremony.

Warwickshire Police Chief Constable awards evening November 2018

The Warwickshire Police Chief Constable's Awards evening took place at the Town Hall in Leamington on Tuesday (13 November).

Awards were presented by The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Tim Cox and The High Sheriff of Warwickshire, Clare Sawdon.

A number of officers received Chief Constable's commendations during the evening.

More than 30 officers from armed response, roads policing, dog handler roles and command responsibilities were commended for their part in dealing with an incident in Nuneaton last year where a man armed with a sawn off shotgun and other weapons took two members of the public hostage in a bowling alley.

PCs Ben Hood, Adam Toal, Lindsay Darnell and Robin Hadley were praised for performing first aid on a victim and assisting paramedics following a report of a shooting in Nuneaton.

PCs David Marsden and Lucy Dugmore received commendations for their role apprehending a suspect who was emotionally vulnerable and threatening to self harm.

Also commended were Detective Constable Andrew Carrington, Detective Constable Zoe Hamilton and Detective Sergeant Andrew Denny.

This was for their hard work during a murder investigation in Mancetter, which led to two men being convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, a third man being found guilty of perverting the course of justice and a fourth pleading guilty to the same offence.

PCs Christopher Pitt, Gemma Need, Craig Wonfor, and Dan James received commendations for their quick reactions and first aid skills when responding to a report of an unconscious man in Leamington.

The ceremony saw five further officers commended for their part in investigating a murder in Nuneaton.

The dedication, professionalism, and determination of Detective Constables Susan Pritchard, Julie Timerick, and Justin Brown, Detective Chief Inspector Pete Hill and Detective Sergeant Owen Fell led to a man and a woman being convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Detective Constable Catherine Mitchell was recognised for her dedication and professionalism in a historic sexual abuse case and two PCs - Scott Caswell and Dave Findon - received commendations for their brave and quick-thinking actions, which saved the life of a woman following a concern for safety incident near the M40.

Special Sergeant Samuel Leighton was awarded this year's Special of the Year award for his outstanding contribution to Warwickshire Police, and in particular, to protecting people within the community from harm.

The Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner's award for excellence in policing and community safety was given to Robin Bunyard from BV Commercials while Scenes of Crime Officer Rachael Watt received the Jeff Lloyd Award for Forensics.

There was a number of other awards given out during the evening.

PC Lloyd Walton was presented with a national bravery award by Chief Constable, Martin Jelley QPM. Twelve officers each received a Police Long Service and Good Conduct medal for their long and meritorious service having joined back in 1998.

They were: PC Adam Toal, Det Sgt Tony Power, Insp Darren Webster, PC Colin Humphreys, PC Vicky Blood, Det Insp Neil Reader, Det Ch Insp Andrew Nolan, Det Sgt Paul Whitehurst, Insp Timothy Sharp, Insp Karl Faulkner, PC Andrew Crouch and Det Con Cornelius Ryan.

Two Special Constables - PC Leon Gabel and Insp David Turner - were also recognised for their long service while seven police staff members - Tracey Price, Andrea Minor, Dawn Hackett, Barbara Williams-Yeagers, Graham Tims, Kevin Jack and Bea Thompson received Long Service Certificates.

Warwickshire Police Chief Constable, Martin Jelley QPM, paid tribute to all the award winners. He said: "I am incredibly proud to have been able to present these awards in recognition of the hard work, dedication and courage not only of our officers and staff but also those from other forces.

"Every day we do everything we can to protect our communities from harm and I'm delighted to hear some of the extraordinary efforts of those who have gone above and beyond while in the line of duty.

"It is also wonderful to have the opportunity to recognise the commitment and dedication of some of our long serving officers and staff and I would like to congratulate each and every one of the award recipients for their efforts."

Warwickshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Seccombe, added: ""Across Warwickshire we can be exceptionally proud of the officers and police staff who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.

"It is really pleasing to see the outstanding actions they carry out gaining recognition at awards events like these and I am sure the public will join me in offering congratulations to all of those receiving commendations."

Issued: 1pm, Thursday 15 November, Laura Maltby, Corporate Communications


Published 15/11/18