Annual police awards recognise 'remarkable service and dedication'
PUBLISHED: 16:53 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:53 18 June 2018
Dedicated officers, staff and supporters of Suffolk police were recognised at the constabulary's annual awards ceremony.
The event took place at Suffolk New College in the company of High Sheriff George Vestey, Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore and Chief Constable Gareth Wilson.
The Sue Poole Award for Innovation in Domestic Abuse Work went to Pc Nicola Burnham-Slipper for going above and beyond delivering high standards.
The Cheryl Lloyd Award, in memory of Cheryl, who died on duty in 2005, was presented to Siobhan Hemmett, mental health and learning disabilities co-ordinator, for developing training and her valuable input to trainee negotiators and cadets.
The Nishan Wijeratne Award, in memory of the senior press officer, who died nearly three years ago, was won by cyber crime supervisor Charlotte Driver for highlighting the force’s work and fostering media relations.
Runner-up, Sergeant Vicky McParland was recognised for her excellent work with a chief constable’s certificate of merit.
The Proud to Serve Suffolk Award for Victim Satisfaction, sponsored by Archant, was handed to Detective Sergeant Natasha Bailey, of the Ipswich Victim Care Centre, for her work with the victim of domestic, sexual and financial abuse, while Pcso Louise Manning was also awarded a merit certificate.
Awards also went to the rural policing team; the incident and crime management hub and neighbourhood support teams; control room systems problem-solving manager Pete Bate; response officer Pc Nikki Holley; Dc Tom Farrell, for tackling online child sexual exploitation; the Community Speedwatch volunteer team; Special Inspector David Howse, who has clocked up 7,800 duty hours since 2009; Sudbury Cadet Unit leader Charlotte Rayner; and Pc Stephen Vaughan and police dog Nipper for locating a missing woman in dark, wet and freezing conditions.
Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said: “We heard remarkable examples of service and dedication which is a reminder of what an outstanding service we have the privilege of working in.”
Mr Passmore added: “Following the recent tragic events in Ipswich, which have shocked and saddened all of us, the annual awards celebration was a great opportunity to recognise some of the good things in society.”