Essex: Officers reunited after 20 years
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Detectives and uniformed officers received their Long Service and Good Conduct Awards on Monday 12 July at Essex Police Headquarters in Chelmsford, 20 years after joining the force as the first recruits of the new millennium.
Between them, DC Michelle Rawson, PC Mark Thomas, Detective Superintendent Scott Cannon, PC Daniel Sorrell, DC Kathrine Burton, DC Greig Avery and DC Lee Pudney have done everything from protecting people from domestic abuse in Leigh-on-Sea to seizing firearms from criminals in Grays.
Other highlights include catching a rapist who was convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison, saving fellow officers attacked with a knife, and convicting murderers, burglars and drug dealers.
This group of officers have worked beats across Essex as part of community and response policing teams, and have gone on to specialise in roles including investigating sexual offences, domestic abuse and major crime, and working in intelligence-gathering, roads policing and firearms.
The officers were recognised for their incredible team work and their own personal achievements by Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington and the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst.