Tenacious detectives whose relentless work helped place dangerous members of an organised crime group behind bars were among those honoured at this year’s Crime awards.
Officers and police staff from across the force area came together earlier this week where they were praised for their hard work, dedication and selfless attitude to protecting our communities from some of the county’s most prolific offenders.
Hosted by Detective Superintendent Mick Paterson, Director of the Force Intelligence Bureau, the ceremony commended both individuals and teams for their bravery, commitment and painstaking efforts in some of the most challenging investigations to go through the courts this year.
One of those given special mention was the team behind Operation Web – a large-scale and fast-paced investigation into a shooting in Kingston Park on February 2019.
A total of 15 Compliments were handed out and a range of roles and skills were recognised from old-fashioned detective work to those breaking new frontiers in the world of digital and cyber-crime.
Det Supt Paterson not only praised the winners, but the entire crime department as he handed out the awards.
He said: “There has been some fantastic work going on to keep our communities safe and I’m so incredibly proud to see how many of you are continuously going above and beyond what is expected of you.
“There were so many teams and individuals put forward and I think that’s a testament to how hardworking and dedicated all staff in our department are.”
Among those recognised for their efforts was Detective Sergeant Emma Dunbar, who received a compliment for her thorough investigation into the serious sexual abuse of a child, which resulted in a dangerous sex offender being jailed and placed on the register indefinitely.
Jerry Hewitt and Detective Sergeant Peter Booth were praised for their outstanding contribution to developing the Force’s Digital Media Advisor and Investigation Capabilities as were the volunteers who make up the highly-skilled team of police negotiators.
Det Supt Paterson added: “I hope those award winners feel extremely proud of themselves and their achievements. The work you do is dangerous, challenging and a lot of it will go unseen - I hope you know how valued you are. On behalf of the Force and the public you serve, thank you.”