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Officer remembered for dedication and bravery by family and colleagues

PUBLISHED: 08:01 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:03 12 April 2018

Sgt John Hawkes pictured with one of several awards picked up during his career. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE HAWKES FAMILY

Sgt John Hawkes pictured with one of several awards picked up during his career. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE HAWKES FAMILY

Supplied by Hawkes family

A much-loved and admired policeman has been remembered by colleagues and family for his courage and kindness.

Sgt John Hawkes followed his father into the force – working alongside him for two weeks before his retirement.  Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE HAWKES FAMILYSgt John Hawkes followed his father into the force – working alongside him for two weeks before his retirement. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE HAWKES FAMILY

Sergeant John Hawkes recently lost a long and hard-fought battle with cancer, at the age of 53.

He followed his father into the force – working alongside him for two weeks before his retirement.

Daughter Emma is just starting as a constable – moving from the Incident and Crime Management Hub (ICMH), where she works as a police support investigator.

Emma will inherit the epaulettes used by her father, while her grandfather’s epaulettes have been reserved for Sgt Hawkes’ youngest daughter, Amy, if she decides to join the 
ranks after beginning her own policing career by spending two weeks with her big sister in 
the ICMH.

John Hawkes with daughters Emma and Amy in Iceland. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE HAWKES FAMILYJohn Hawkes with daughters Emma and Amy in Iceland. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE HAWKES FAMILY

Sgt Hawkes, from Ipswich, also helped to inspire his daughter’s cousins, Dc Natalie Cole and Marie-Claire Orris, into working in the constabulary, with Natalie having spent time working as a young Pc with her uncle.

In a career that included time in response and neighbourhood support teams, Sgt Hawkes most enjoyed his traffic policing days.

Outside work, he loved animals and cars – often combining the two by driving his BMW Z4 with dog Tycho in the passenger seat.

A memory book at Sgt Hawkes’ funeral was filled with stories from friends at work, including the time he and colleagues boxed an escaped bullock on the A12.

John Hawkes in his car with Tycho the dog.  Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE HAWKES FAMILYJohn Hawkes in his car with Tycho the dog. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE HAWKES FAMILY

Donations were made in his memory to St Elizabeth Hospice and the Police Benevolent Fund.

Sgt Hawkes was described as a professional, dedicated and friendly man, who continued to work from home, and even from a hospital bed, during his illness.

Emma, who was working in the ICMH when her father was in a neighbourhood support team, said: “Dad was a brave man, who was always happy to lend a hand.

“He never let cancer get him down and was always the first to crack a joke. He was much loved and admired by his family, and his colleagues. He will be forever remembered as nothing less 
than heroic.”

Sgt John Hawkes off duty at the family home.  Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE HAWKES FAMILYSgt John Hawkes off duty at the family home. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE HAWKES FAMILY

Sgt Hawkes received five certificates of appreciation, a letter of appreciation, a long service and good conduct award in 2010, and the Chief Constable’s Certificate of Merit in 1997, when he was also nominated for the Sheepshanks Trophy – awarded to the officer or staff member judged to have given the most outstanding community service.


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