Suffolk Police awards recognise courage and outstanding effort

PC Mark Bryant, centre, with  Chief Constable Gareth Wilson  and The High Sheriff of Suffolk, William Kendall ANL-160618-154935001
PC Mark Bryant, centre, with Chief Constable Gareth Wilson and The High Sheriff of Suffolk, William Kendall ANL-160618-154935001

Police officers, staff and volunteers were honoured alongside members of the public at a police awards ceremony held this week.

The Suffolk Constabulary Annual Awards Ceremony took place at Suffolk New College in Ipswich on Wednesday, recognising dedicated service and acts of bravery.

Chief Constable Gareth Wilson was assisted in presenting the awards by The High Sheriff of Suffolk William Kendall, Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk, Tim Passmore and Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Jupp.

The award winners are:

Eleanor De Giberne Sieveking – Royal Humane Society Award for an act of bravery in the saving of human life. On November 1 2013, Eleanor came to the aid of the victim of an attempted murder, who had been attacked with a meat cleaver by an employee at an Ipswich restaurant and she did this without knowing whether the offender was still present.

Maureen Allen – Award recognising the dedication and commitment of police staff members. Maureen, a control room operator, is recognised for the way she dealt with a distressed man who called in September 2015 threatening to jump from the top floor of the multi-storey car park in Bury St Edmunds. Maureen’s reassuring and calm manner directly influenced the decision of the man not to jump and officers were then able to detain him.

Sgt Alistair Livingstone – The Sheepshanks Trophy, awarded to the police officer or employee who is deemed to have given the community the best service throughout the year, with nominations sought from both the general public and supervisory staff. He is recognised for his commitment and dedication managing a team of officers based in Ipswich who are recognised for their abilities to achieve impressive results in terms apprehending offenders and dealing with critical incidents. He is described as an inspirational leader.

PC Mark Bryant – The Martin Smith Award, recognising the uniform constable who has displayed exceptional professionalism, dedication and commitment. PC Bryant is Suffolk’s Rural Crime Officer and the award recognises his commitment in overseeing all aspects of rural crime investigations and is the point of contact for many within the farming community. He is exceptionally dedicated to this role.

Melanie Yolland – The Sue Poole Award, for innovation in Domestic Abuse Work. Melanie is recognised for her inspirational creativity, tenacity and resilience in her role of Deputy Chair of Mid Suffolk Domestic Abuse Forum.

Operation Oxborough Team: DI Darrell Skuse, DC Steve Bracey, DC Matt Rogers, DC Mei-Lin Chan, DC Deborah Newell, DC Paul Miller, Hannah Peachey-Townes and Shelley Carey – The Gulshan Kayembe Award, awarded to recognise the detective or team who have displayed exceptional professionalism, dedication and commitment over a year. Operation Oxborough was launched to investigate an acid attack against a young woman in Lowestoft in August 2014. The investigation identified that there had been an escalating amount of domestic abuse and violence by the offender, with this final incident resulting in the victim losing an ear and becoming partially bald. The investigation was conducted to the highest standards, with the main offender sentence to life imprisonment.

Special Constable Ellie Goldsmith – The Turner Shield, recognising the outstanding contribution, performance or achievement by a probationer Ellie became a Special Constable in the Lowestoft area in 2015 and has completed more than 330 hours. She has received excellent feedback from regular colleagues.

Special Superintendent Paul Smith – The Martin Ashburn Award, recognising outstanding leadership in the Suffolk Special Constabulary. Paul has been with the Special Constabulary since 2006, working his way up to Superintendent in Ipswich, where he has spent the last three years. Awarded in recognition of his drive, determination and leadership, he combines professionalism and commitment with compassion and sensitivity.

DCI Tonya Antnois – The Nishan Wijeratne Award, recognising exceptional dedication in working closely with Corporate Communications to help highlight the work of the constabulary while fostering good media relations. She has worked to promote the new Joint Cyber and Serious Crime Unit and the work carried out by Suffolk and Norfolk Police to tackle Human Trafficking. She is an excellent ambassador for the constabulary.

Special Sgt Robert Kersey – The Godfrey Challenge Cup, for meritorious or outstanding service to the Suffolk Special Constabulary.

Deborah Lait – The Colin Spence Award, in recognition of the Police Support Volunteer who has displayed exceptional commitment

The Core Athena Training Team: Including Robert Jeeves and Robi Fox – The Cheryl Lloyd Award, for exceptional dedication in the field of staff training and development

Inspector Chris Galley – The Spicer Award, recognising the individual or team who has actively promoted and positively engaged with partnership working

PC Simon Hughes and Police Dog Ivan – The Aceroon Trophy, awarded to the most successful dog and trainer in the operational field

PC Alex Willson and Police Dog Rex – The Agnes Chaplin Trophy, awarded to the member of the Dog Section who obtains the highest placing in the Regional Dog Trials

Awards recognising excellent leadership:

Det Sgt Mark Pollikett – Focusing on Outcomes (Sponsored by Key Forensic Solutions Ltd);

Insp Anthony Bridgland – Inspiring others to Succeed (Sponsored by Key Care);

Insp Roger Salmon – Responding to Community Concerns (Sponsored by CBRE);

Sgt Jo Miah – Seeking Sustainable Solutions;

Insp Sarsfield Donohue – Take Responsibility for Action and the Overall First for Leadership Winner

Commenting on the awards, Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, said: “I extend my warmest congratulations to all of the winners and thank them again for their efforts – they are all extremely worthy of these honours. ”

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said, “Each year we see fantastic examples of service and dedication in the county and I am very pleased to be involved in this ceremony to celebrate the good work of those who have gone the extra mile to provide exceptional service. I congratulate them all on their success.”