Six officers and one PCSO commended for their dedication and acts of bravery
Seven individuals received commendations from Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh during a special ceremony at our HQ in Chelmsford.
Our officers watched by their proud family members, gathered on Friday July 14 to receive Chief Constable’s commendations, one of the highest accolades a Chief Constable can give.
Addressing the group, Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “The commendations ceremony is an important part of my calendar and I thoroughly enjoy rewarding our officers for their hard work.
“Every day they deal with difficult circumstances and they do so in a professional and sensitive manner. They support vulnerable victims, attend tragic road traffic collisions and many more types of challenging incidents. They are the voice for the most vulnerable people of Essex.
“The future of policing is changing and we’re adapting to it. All these officers represent the best of British policing.”
In March 2016, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Shelley Cole attended an incident where a high risk missing person had tried to take her own life.
PCSO Cole identified the distressed woman and judged that the situation was becoming unsafe for the both of them. She took steps to detain the woman for her own safety and in doing so, she sustained injuries. The woman was calmed down by Shelley and taken to hospital. Shelley was commended for her commitment, bravery and professionalism whilst saving the life of a woman.
In May 2016, Pc Alex Franklin, Pc Dave Owen and Pc Luke Davies attended an incident in Basildon where a man had fallen from a multi-storey car park onto a busy road.
The man had sustained significant injuries during the fall and the officers immediately commenced emergency first aid in the presence of a number of witnesses until he was stable enough to be transported to hospital, where he sadly passed away. Pc Franklin, Pc Owen and Pc Davies were commended for their dedication, commitment and professionalism whilst attempting to save the life of a man.
Detective Inspector Daniel Stoten, Detective Constable Jenna McQueen and Detective Constable Mark Sibley were involved in a complex and lengthy investigation into child sex offences which resulted in the suspects receiving custodial sentences. During 2015, the officers identified sixteen children between the ages of nine and fourteen who had been groomed, manipulated and sexually assaulted by the man and woman.
The officers realised the importance of building relationships with the children in order to secure a conviction, ensuring that these two individuals could not cause further harm to children. They invested a substantial amount of time building trust and confidence with the child victims which led to the suspects being charged with thirty-five sexual offences against children. The man and woman appeared at Crown Court in November 2015 where they were found guilty of the offences and sentenced to prison for two and a half years and twelve years respectively.
DI Stoten, Dc McQueen and Dc Sibley were commended for their investigative skills, dedication and professionalism during a complex investigation into child sexual offences.