The Chief Constable’s Award for Lifetime Achievement

Chief Inspector Adrian Roberts – Local Policing North

The Chief Constable’s Award for Lifetime Achievement was introduced in 2004 and is awarded to a police officer who will have spent around 30 years  service at the sharp end of policing fighting crime. The officer will also have a reputation for excellence in all areas and will have a high professional standing in the local community.

Chief Inspector Adrian Roberts, who has served nearly 30 years, is an outstanding officer and has received Chief Constable’s Commendations for his commitment, courage and determination.

Following promotion in 2002 to Inspector and Local Policing Commander at Hanley, Adrian’s innovative introduction of a University Liaison officer brought significant crime reduction and this role remains today.

He was promoted to Chief Inspector in 2006 and since 2011 has been LPT Commander at Stoke North – an area of serious crime, critical incidents and community tension.

Adrian is a rich source of advice for colleagues and partners and he drives operations to reduce crime and ASB across the city. He genuinely cares for his staff and deals compassionately with issues affecting their welfare. Never quite off duty, he is always available for colleagues and partners to discuss concerns, returning to duty when significant incidents or issues have arisen.

Operationally, Adrian is extremely competent, credible and is a well respected Public Order Commander, demonstrating positive leadership at many events, including football matches, protests and festivals.

Adrian has always delivered policing with passion and pride, with a total commitment towards the communities he serves, partners he works alongside and officers and staff he works with and leads.

Police and Crime Commissioner Award for Volunteer of the Year

Mrs Barbara Andrew
Mr Gerald Peck

The Police and Crime Commissioner Award recognises volunteers who provide fantastic support in their own time to keep Staffordshire safe and reassured. It highlights outstanding service to Staffordshire communities by volunteers who make a dedicated contribution.

This year the award is given to two individual volunteers.

Barbara Andrew is a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, Residents’ Association chair and Partner and Communities Together (PACT) chair for Hartshill and Basford.

Her work has created a healthy community spirit and she has transformed the monthly PACT meetings into an excellent example of police and public engagement.

Her meetings are the best attended throughout the city and are informative and far reaching in their scope with excellent guest speakers who hold very senior positions in public, private and voluntary organisations.

Through her various roles that she tackles in an enthusiastic and committed manner, Barbara is highly regarded within the community and with local officers and councils.

Local officers greatly appreciate her work and organisational skills. She supports police anyway she can and recently organised two days of activities for the local policing commander to meet residents, businesses, schools, scouts and faith groups.

She dedicates hours of her time, not only in public meetings and campaigns, but also doing the small things that matter, such as having time for a chat with an elderly resident or litter picking as she walks her dog.

Barbara cares passionately about people and the community. She works selflessly to achieve her goals to resolve local issues and is greatly admired.

Gerald Peck has worked voluntarily for Staffordshire Police for more than 27 years in a variety of roles.

He has helped educate more than 7,000 pupils in East Staffordshire on the effects and dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and healthy relationships which contributed to a reduction of anti-social behaviour in the borough.

Currently deputy chair of the Independent Advisory Group, Gerald helped form a community cohesion group, meeting every Friday for a number of months to examine and critique police tactics. His contribution was vital towards achieving the successful outcome of the group resulting in a massive decrease in violence and disorder in the area.

He also acts as an ‘appropriate adult’ at South Staffordshire custody suite. On call 24/7, he often attends during evenings and through the night. In a relaxed, polite and understanding way, he communicates with detained people, their legal representatives and investigating officers, positively contributing and helping to keep detention time to a minimum.

Gerald is also an active member of Neighbourhood Watch. Drawing on his vast experience and knowledge he is always willing to help, support and offer advice.

Part of the police family, volunteers play an important role and Gerald’s support and assistance during the years has been well received and highly regarded. Polite and respectful to everyone, he is a pleasure to know and work with; a true friend to Staffordshire Police.

The Problem Solving/Leadership Award

Constable Sarah Griffiths – Local Policing North
Constable Jaime Slinn – Local Policing North

This award is to recognise colleagues who have shown outstanding leadership or problem solving skills. The award is open to individuals or groups of police officers, police staff, police community support officers, special constables or any combination thereof.

Stoke North has a mix of diverse cultures with some factors of deprivation, unemployment, crime and substance abuse.
PCs Sarah Griffiths and Jaime Slinn have built great inroads in local high schools as part of their role as Safer Schools officers.

They work in a challenging environment with a spectrum of incidents involving pupils who have challenging and vulnerable backgrounds. They often go above and beyond their remit and deal with situations that have helped many young people and families. It is to their credit that some young people have been able to turn their lives around.

The officers work closely with partners to collaboratively safeguard. This can be done through joint home visits with Social Services to make sure that children from some of the most vulnerable families are protected, to working with the youth offending team.

In the last few years they have also helped organise and participate in the Lifemaps Project, an initiative between police and the army. A group of children spend time away on a course geared to challenge, build life skills and promote team working. It has been a resounding success, with some inspired by the course planning a career in the armed forces.

They have established a good rapport with children, teachers and parents.

The Staffordshire Police Unison Award for Actions that have Benefited the Community or a Work Colleague, and Reflects the Values of Unison and Staffordshire Police

Mrs Claire Bruus – Deputy Chief Constable’s Directorate

The award will be presented to a person whose actions have benefited the community and or work colleague and reflects the values of UNISON and Staffordshire Police.
The nominated person must be a Staffordshire Police UNISON Branch Member. Any employee of Staffordshire Police can nominate a recipient.

Claire Bruus has worked tirelessly to raise funds for a local Stafford hospice, Katharine House.

Dedicating a significant amount of her own time, she has organised a number of events to raise money for this charity that means so much to the community.

This has also involved a great deal of training to take part in sponsored physical events. She did the Nijmegen March challenge in Holland in July. This saw her complete a 100-mile walk in four days and raise more than £3,100 for the charity.

With a local primary school, Claire also participates in many other fundraising activities.

All activities are personally funded so every penny she raises goes towards this very good cause.

Investigative Services Award for Exceptional Investigative Work

Detective Sergeant Deborah Withington – Investigative Services
Detective Constable Tessa Crabb – Investigative Services

This award is designed to acknowledge exceptional investigative work and is open to investigative personnel only.

A successful investigation into the grooming and rape of a vulnerable 12-year-old girl is testimony to the tenancity and outstanding work of Detective Sergeant Deborah Withingtonn and Detective Constable Tessa Crabb.

The girl was so traumatised by her ordeal that she was unable to speak of the crimes committed against her.

Both officers though were determined to secure justice for the victim so they developed an innovative approach to secure evidence in a sensitive and caring manner to enable the victim to deliver it at court. They videoed the process and used a laptop to type out the questions for the girl, who responded.

This approach had never been used in any investigation within the region and had never been used in a court of law. Not being able to conform to conventional evidential or court processes, the officers went the extra distance to push the boundaries of what could be done for the victim. It made the investigation massively challenging, not only from the investigative process but also the entire court processes.

This was clearly a victim-focused approach; doing what was right for the victim, not just doing what had been done before or adopting a negative attitude.

The mindset of both officers was that justice needed to be done for the victim and that they would develop whatever process they needed to comply with legislation and satisfy the court. This approach saw a dangerous and predatory offender being sentenced to 11-years imprisonment.

The Nick Tempest Award for Special Constables – Significant Contribution to Policing Staffordshire

Special Inspector Samuel Rollinson – Local Policing South
Nicholas Tempest was the Deputy Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary in Staffordshire when in early 2000 he died suddenly having completed almost 27 years of faithful service. His family donated the proceeds of collections made following his death towards the establishment of a Special Constabulary award in his memory.

The award is presented annually to a special constable or group of special constables who the Chief Constable judges to have made a significant contribution to policing Staffordshire.

Special Inspector Samuel Rollinson goes above and beyond his role – he is dedicated to the communities of Staffordshire, to the teams he leads, the colleagues he works with and the partner agencies that he supports.

Samuel dedicates a large amount of his personal time to developing officers, supporting community events and assisting their planning where required.

Samuel was in charge of the Scarlet Licensing team, this involved coordinating specials to support partner agencies and the force licensing to investigate and oversee licensable activities, including underage drinking.

He organised his team to support raids on local car boots across Cannock and South Staffs to target counterfeit goods that had been highlighted as a concern by the community and the industry alike. These operations have recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds of counterfeit goods and supported trading standards to ensure offenders were prosecuted.

He takes all new challenges in his stride as demonstrated with him being part of active firearm deployments, large drug raids and planning remembrance parades. He works long hours when on duty and only goes home when the job is done. He is held in the highest regard by his colleagues.

He is truly an inspiration to all in the police service. Without his dedication, as his colleagues have quoted, ‘we could not do without him’.

The David Pearsall Award for the Police Community Support Officer of the Year

** There are two separate winners for the award this year **
PCSO Lauren Drew – Local Policing North
PCSO Joanne Halfpenny – Local Policing North
Mr David Pearsall commissioned his award for presentation to the Police Community Support Officer who the Chief Constable judges as being the PCSO of the previous year.

The winner will be authorised for independent patrol, have completed a six-month probationary period and will have been judged on their personal contribution, interaction and engagement within the local community in addressing their concerns, fear of crime and on improving reassurance. There should also be a focus on problem-solving issues that impact upon fear of crime and reassurance.

PCSO Lauren Drew
Lauren Drew has been a PCSO in Leek town centre for ten years. She is well respected by partner agencies and key community figures.

She was instrumental in organising a joint partnership operation, including   immigration service and the environmental agency, to tackle issues of child vulnerability. Through the operation, numerous fast food outlets were visited, several arrests made and fines issued to three food outlets.

In another incident, Lauren was passing through Leek town centre in an unmarked police car when she witnessed a man leaving his vehicle brandishing a hammer and approaching a group of about 12 men. She immediately stopped, left her vehicle and requested assistance. Her quick actions and bravery separated the parties, gained possession of the weapon and kept the suspect at the location until officers attended.

Following a number of purse thefts in Leek town centre over several months, with no identified suspects, Lauren worked persistently and identified a pattern. The thefts were taking place primarily in charity shops that had no CCTV. Lauren was able to arrange the installation of equipment in the shops and after examining hours of CCTV she spotted a female suspect. This led to successful arrest of a mother and son from Bradford.

These incidents demonstrate the level of courage, commitment and personal responsibility that Lauren shows consistently towards the community she serves.

PCSO Joanne Halfpenny
Joanne Halfpenny is a PCSO for the Goldenhill and Sandyford ward of Stoke North Local Policing Team. Joanne has demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to her local ward area, which is recognised as being one of the most challenging in the city.

In particular, she has formed a very positive relationship within the travelling community in gaining their confidence and respect. This has resulted in community tensions being successfully managed and reduced.

Joanne has been acknowledged by the local Residents’ Association, partners and police colleagues as providing a positive influence on reducing crime and disorder in the area, reassuring the public and supporting some of the most vulnerable in her community.

The crime prevention and reassurance work Joanne has conducted in the ward over the last 12 months has contributed towards the best reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour in Stoke North. In fact, it is one of the best across the north of the county with a 16% reduction in anti-social behaviour and a 13% reduction in all crime.

The Josephine (Joey) Cotterill Award for Contributions to Public Service Delivery or Continual Outstanding Service exceeding 25 years

Mrs Emma Davies – Investigative Services
Josephine Cotterill was a well-known and respected member of police staff. She served for ten years with Staffordshire Police, working as a payroll and pensions officer at Headquarters. Joey fought a long illness and sadly died on 6 August 2003.

Her family presented their award to the Chief Constable in 2004 to recognise and reward a member of police staff whose contributions to public service delivery are over and above that which would normally be expected, or for instigating original work which enhances the service provided by Staffordshire Police, or to recognise an individual of long-standing service who has demonstrated continual outstanding service to Staffordshire Police.

Mrs Emma Davies is recognised for her outstanding service, dedication and exceptional professionalism in contributing to Investigative Services.

During her 27-years service, Emma has shown meticulous attention to detail and commitment to quality which means that she has always delivered to a high standard.

Her specialist skills and knowledge of fingerprinting have contributed to the detection and conviction of offenders – many in serious investigations.

Emma’s professional excellence is recognised by her colleagues in the force and the justice system. She has been a consistent high performer throughout her career and sets the benchmark. Always taking pride in her work, her ‘can do’ attitude and infectious work ethic is what others aspire to.

More than happy to help and take on the most arduous and complex work without hesitation, she supports her colleagues and has been an exceptional role model when mentoring new staff.

The Christopher James Award for the Community Officer of the Year

Constable Christopher Gifford – Local Policing North
Christopher James was a serving constable at Stafford when he died from illness on 3 December 1974. His family and friends presented a trophy to the force in memory of Christopher. This trophy is awarded to the Community Police Officer whose actions have led to an improvement of police/public relations.

The officer must have demonstrated a problem-solving approach to policing in partnership and with the support of the community.

PC Christopher Gifford covers south Cobridge, an extremely challenging area with a very diverse community. He was responsible for the first house closure in the county when new anti-social behaviour powers came into effect.

From setting up meetings with partners and members of the community to running operations to tackle crime, he delivers an outstanding service dealing with what matters to the people who live there.

One of the issues in his area was fly tipping. Using his local knowledge, Chris identified the best places for CCTV. He also identified which empty houses were causing the most issues and needed securing. Due to the increase in burglaries in the area, Chris spent time working later in plain clothes with the problem solving team and increased his uniform patrol in the daytime to provide reassurance to the community.

Nothing is too much trouble for him; he goes above and beyond what is expected of him saying ‘just doing what a neighbourhood officer does’.

His contribution has been commended by many councillors, professionals and residents. An outstanding neighbourhood officer who cares passionately about the people he serves.

The David Beech Award for Local Policing

Sergeant Simon Brownsword – Local Policing North
Constable David Hardy – Local Policing North
Constable David Ibbotson – Local Policing North
Constable Richard Longmore – Local Policing North
Constable Robert Morgan – Local Policing North

An individual or team nomination must be seen as performing well above what is reasonably expected. One-off events should only be included to illustrate overall performance achievements. Consistency and high performance is the essence of this award.

During 2014, the dynamic, innovative and committed Newcastle Neighbourhood Action Team had direct involvement in the arrest or process of 160 people.

Sgt Simon Brownsword and PCs David Hardy, David Ibbotson, Richard Longmore and Robert Morgan have led the way across the force in areas of vulnerability, such as youth violence and modern day slavery.

A small example of their excellent work includes the investigation into vulnerability and modern day slavery on an industrial estate. They made sure that many agencies were involved to make sure that support was in place for vulnerable victims.

The team has also ran operations and work into youth gangs which has led to numerous actions and arrests. They have developed an ongoing structure with partners to target offenders and safeguard vulnerable young people.

Other successes include identifying and dealing with a group of offenders connected to the supply of drugs, handling stolen goods and dangerous driving and pursuing a cross-border drug supplier who was sentenced to 44-months imprisonment.

During a burglary inquiry, a suspicious vehicle in a compound led to the recovery of £20,000 of cannabis cultivation and four high powered cars valued £100,000. They also disrupted a series of thefts of mobile devices from vehicles.