Outstanding work by Wiltshire Police officers, staff and volunteers recognised at awards ceremony
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Staff, Police Officers and volunteers who have made outstanding contributions through their dedication, professionalism and courage were honoured at a Wiltshire Police Force awards ceremony held virtually last night (05/10).
At the event, joined by The Deputy Lieutenant for Wiltshire - Right Honourable The Lord Talbot of Malahide, the High Sheriff of Wiltshire Sir Charles Hobhouse, Chief Constable Kier Pritchard paid tribute to the exemplary way that Wiltshire Police employees had risen to meet the varied challenges faced by the organisation in order to keep our communities safe.
The Chief Constable cited the complex demands and expectations of the communities we serve, which mean that Wiltshire Police is more in demand than ever.
He said: “It’s changed policing, and the way we deliver policing, in ways we never could have anticipated.
“But our people, the officers and staff that make up our Force, haven’t changed.
You put your own safety on the line, time and time again, for the sake of others. You are the reason why I am so proud to lead the oldest county police force in the country.
“Those receiving awards have shown courage and quick-thinking in the face of enormous danger; outstanding teamwork and innovative ideas that have changed the way we work here in Wiltshire and regionally. And they have saved lives.
“Every day, members of our Force perform inspiring acts of determination, creativity and teamwork which demonstrate the true meaning of public service, for which we are truly grateful – you truly are role models to the whole of the organisation.”
Among those being honoured at last night’s online event were officers whose swift and selfless actions undoubtedly saved lives, those who have shown outstanding leadership and teamwork and others who have brought real skill and expertise to their roles.
Chief Constable’s Commendations
Special Sergeant David Turner
Pc Chris Miller
PC Mark Jenkins
Special Sergeant David Turner, Police Constable Chris Miller and Dog handler Mark Jenkins have been awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation in recognition of the action they took on June 13, 2020, when responding to a domestic incident in Ramsbury.
On arrival, Sgt Turner saw people in an upstairs window, including one person who was holding a sign on which was written, 'Break in he’s going to stab us.’
Special Sergeant Turner then saw a man who was standing behind a woman threatening her with a knife.
Remaining calm throughout, Sgt Turner kept the control room informed, passing updates whilst awaiting the arrival of further units.
Police Constable Miller and Police Constable Jenkins arrived and gained entry to the address. The bedroom door was barricaded but they could hear the family within.
Police Constable Miller forced open the door and saw a number of children as well as a man who was threatening a woman with a knife.
In order to protect life, the officers decided that they needed to take action and physically engage the man. Between the three of them, with Special Sergeant Turner joining shortly after, he was restrained and disarmed.
Special Sergeant David Turner - Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said:
“Thank you for the bravery and professionalism. Without your intervention, there was a high potential for significant injury to one or all of the hostages.
“Your actions, effective teamwork and brave decision making are a true embodiment of the Force Values and something to be immensely proud of.”
Police Constable Chris Miller and Mark Jenkins - Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said:
“In order to protect life, you and your colleagues decided that you needed to take action. You managed to restrain and disarm the man and free the woman and children.
“Thank you for the bravery and professionalism. Without your intervention there was a high potential for significant injury to one or all of the hostages.
“Your actions, effective teamwork and brave decision making are a true embodiment of the Force Values and something to be immensely proud of.“
Inspirational Leadership Award
Inspector James Brain
Inspector James Brain has a real passion and enthusiasm for policing and always wants to see his officers thrive in a supportive and engaging environment.
In January 2020, James offered his support to the Special Constabulary when he became aware that there were Special Constables within his CPT (community policing team) area who felt disengaged and undervalued. He took it upon himself to set up an engagement event at Monkton Park, which he hosted along with the Citizens in Policing team.
At the event, James highlighted the value of Specials and introduced one of his Sergeants as a designated Single Point of Contact for the Specials in Chippenham.
Alongside his day to day role, James has continued to support the Citizens in Policing Team, committing extra hours to help develop the Single Point of Contact role. Following a successful pilot of this role, James then briefed his counterparts across the rest of the county and worked with the Citizens in Policing Manager to achieve full sign up.
Inspector James Brain - Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said:
“James has been a fundamental driving force for the developments to the Special Constabulary. He has shown passion and enthusiasm, truly recognising the value the Special Constabulary brings.
“James displays the highest level of professional and personal values. His leadership is a true embodiment of the Force values and behaviours and is an inspiration to others.”
Chief Constable’s Certificate of Excellence
PC Darren Zerebecki
On Tuesday 15 January 2020, Police Officers attended an incident where a man in crisis had climbed the scaffolding surrounding a house with the intention of harming himself.
On arrival, they found the man unresponsive so immediately scaled the scaffolding. They were able to bring him back on to the scaffolding and commence CPR until paramedics could take over.
PC Darren Zerebecki arrived at the scene and joined his colleagues in an extremely precarious position on the scaffolding with restricted space and at height.
Once back on the ground, he then took time to provide reassurance to distressed members of the public who had witnessed what had taken place.
PC Darren Zerebecki - Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said:
“You performed the primary function of a police officer, to preserve life. You acted quickly and bravely and without fear of injury to yourself in a dangerous position at height. Your timely actions undoubtedly saved this man’s life.”
Outstanding Teamwork Award
Chf Insp Helen Jacobs
Inspector Graham McLaughlin
Chief Constable’s Certificate of Excellence
DC Snezhanna Lennon
Operation Wellington was the major investigation into John Rodney after a woman came forward in June 2017 with an allegation that she had deliberately or recklessly been infected with HIV.
Following an initial investigation, it was clear that far more women may have been affected, so a large-scale investigation was established. Working closely with experts from policing and partner agencies, the team sensitively contacted all those affected.
The team worked closely to support these women and guide them through the investigative process.
To build a potential criminal case, the team worked together with the CPS Complex Case Unit. This involved understanding and applying innovative thinking to complex scientific, legal, vulnerability and risk issues.
After nearly three years, Rodney pleaded guilty to three counts of section 20 GBH and received a 12 and a half year extended sentence.
Chf Insp Helen Jacobs & Inspector Graham McLaughlin - Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said:
“This award is presented in acknowledgement of the outstanding teamwork and professionalism shown during this investigation to bring this dangerous man to justice. This was a very challenging and protracted investigation, during which you supported the victims and each other.
“You demonstrated exemplary work which is truly reflective of the Force Values and was recognised and commended by Judge Hart, something to be immensely proud of.”
DC Snezhanna Lennon - Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said:
“During the investigation you had to grasp complex legal and scientific arguments, often with little case law to refer to. You met with medical experts, legal professionals and those from other agencies, all of whom complimented your professionalism and your support for both the victims and the other organisations.
”Thank you for the hard work, dedication and innovation you have shown in bringing this dangerous man to justice.
“Your actions went above and beyond what is expected of you and following sentence, Judge Hart commended the investigation team for their painstaking and very difficult work and singled out your determination and professionalism. Comments which were met by a standing ovation from the victims and witnesses present in the courtroom.”
Excellence in Partnership Working Award
Sergeant Megan Kenzie
Communications Officers Liz Cook
Wali Rahman (OD Consultant – Inclusion & Diversity Wiltshire Council)
Matt Jenkins (Dream & Leap - External Agency)
Sergeant Megan Kenzie, Wiltshire Police Communications Officer Liz Cook, Wiltshire Council Inclusion & Diversity officer Wali Rahman, and Matt Jenkins of Dream&Leap are presented with an Excellence in Partnership Working Award in recognition of the role they played in the development and delivery of the 2020 Black History Month celebrations.
Faced with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matters movement, your creative thinking proposed a joint partnership celebration event online, allowing public services to come together.
The event, which was held in October 2020, brought together Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire NHS demonstrated an excellent approach in modern day partnership working. In a new way of working, you used technology including Eventbrite ticket sales and Microsoft TEAMS live to reach and engage with a large number of people from across all three organisations.
Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said:
“Thank you for the dedication, creativity, and innovation you displayed in bringing this online celebration to life and sharing significant insight, education and understanding. Well done and thank you for your support and hard work.”
Outstanding Teamwork Award
Police constable Eric Frempong
Police Constable Eric Frempong is awarded an Outstanding Teamwork Award in recognition of his excellent work in helping Wiltshire Police to reduce the gender pay gap and continue to diversify the workforce.
Over the past 18 months, the Wiltshire Police Positive Action team have continued to embed the use of Positive Action across areas of recruitment, retention and development.
Despite facing significant challenges both locally and nationally, the small team have continued to perform to a high level. They have developed new and innovative ways to continue delivering positive action during the Coronavirus pandemic which has included moving significant areas of work to new online spaces. This has seen the creation of a Facebook group with over 2500 followers from ethnic backgrounds within Wiltshire, awareness evenings for police officers, PCSOs, Specials and CCC staff, and a targeted recruitment campaign with social media which has now been adopted by other forces in the South West region and across the country.
Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said:
“Despite being a small team, significant efforts have gone into support and development for prospective new candidates joining the police service, and as a result of the work of the team Wiltshire has been identified by the College of Policing as being in the top five forces to have increased the representation of women within the Police service.
Thank you for the commitment, hard work, dedication and passion you have shown to your role. Your work is the embodiment of Force values and behaviours.”