Bravery, policing excellence and long service recognised at awards ceremony

18 May 2016
Bravery, policing excellence and long service recognised at awards ceremony

Police officers, staff, and members of the public were recognised for their exceptional contribution to keeping Dorset safe at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 17 May 2016.

As the family and friends of recipients looked on, a total of 26 awards and medals were presented during the ceremony, which was held at Cobham Sports and Social Club in Wimborne.

Following nominations from colleagues within the Force as well as endorsements from partner agencies in the community, the honours were presented by the Chief Constable Debbie Simpson and High Sheriff Sir Philip Williams. Awards included; the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Police Staff Long Service Medal, Chief Constable’s Commendations, Crown Court Commendations, Certificates of Service and the Royal Humane Society Award. 

Sergeant Adrian Wyncoll, Inspector Matthew Baxter and Chief Inspector Dean O’Connor were presented with the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and police staff members; Paula Chaffey, Sandy Taylor, Louise Johnson, Angela Skinner and Jenny Dale received the Police Staff Long Service Medal. 

A number of individuals received the Chief Constable’s Commendation including Superintendent Steve Torr for his work implementing the complex south west regional forensics collaboration project. Constables Marc Newman, Alan O’Brien, Steven Morris, and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Nicholas Bool were also awarded for their combined efforts in attempting to resuscitate a pregnant woman who was in cardiac arrest. Their conduct was described as ‘absolutely exemplary’ by the duty doctor at the hospital. 

A member of the public also received a Chief Constable’s Commendation for his brave and courageous actions during an armed robbery at his jewellers store. The offender was restrained and was later sentenced to six years in prison for attempted robbery. 

Crown Court Commendations were presented to two members of the public for their bravery which resulted in the arrest of an armed offender who threatened both individuals with a knife in a shop in Southbourne last year. Together, the two men managed to restrain the offender until the arrival of the police, despite the offender struggling, shouting obscenities, attempting to bite them and making threats to them both. 

The Certificate of Service is a marker of good service, which recognises those who have left the Force. It was awarded to Judith (Annie) Searle, Robert Humphries, Richard Hutley, Nicholas Power and Ian Church. 

The Royal Humane Society Award recognises acts of bravery in the saving of human life and also for the restoration of life by resuscitation. This award was presented to a member of the public for his actions during an accident whilst felling a large tree which trapped his co-worker. He worked to cut away part of the trunk that trapped his co-worker and administered first aid to the serious injuries which had been sustained. These actions received praise from the attending paramedics.

Four police officers also received the Royal Humane Society Award. Constables Claire Jephcott and Michael Gatfield for their delivery of CPR on a male who had collapsed due to cardiac arrest and as a result of their actions, the male made a full recovery. Sergeant Robbie Jephcott and Constable Daniel Blagden were also awarded for their sustained and calm efforts to resuscitate a male who had collapsed and was unresponsive at an address in Poole.

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “These awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise the hard work, professionalism and selflessness that our officers and staff contribute to Dorset Police, as well as the quick thinking and brave actions of members of the general public. 

“All individuals are to be commended for their contribution to keeping Dorset safe, often in highly stressful or traumatic situations.”

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