Gwent Police Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our police officers, police staff, special constables, volunteers and members of the public who were recipients at the Gwent Police Awards earlier this week (Wednesday 13th May).

A range of awards were given out on the night to individuals and teams that had demonstrated commitment to improving local communities, investigating crimes and even saving lives.

The Chief Constable Jeff Farrar and the Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston presented the awards at the Christchurch Centre in Newport.

Award winners on the night included:

A group of residents from Llanfair Kilgeddin, along with police officers and police staff, who established the first ever Speedwatch in Wales. This includes residents Ronald Adam, Margaret Bulman, John Collin, Ian Evans, as well as Emily Godsell, Chief Inspector Joanne Bull and Police Sergeant Ceri Carlyon from Gwent Police.

PC Kevin Knights who was assaulted whilst restraining a man when he was off duty – PC Knights had witnessed the man assault a woman on Caerleon Road, Newport.

Eight people were caught in a house fire in Newport. As the first on the scene, PC Rhiannon Hurst and PC Owen Davies entered the building and evacuated seven of them. One person was trapped in the attic – they re-entered the building but were beaten back by the fire. They found him clinging to the side of a roof and directed the Fire Service to him.

PC Jennie Tinsley who has worked to tackle the sale and use of legal highs in Torfaen. This has included securing funding and assisting with the production of an education film for young people.

DC James Ridley has been instrumental in developing the infrastructure, tools and methods used to interpret and analyse Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) data within the Gwent Police area.

DI Nicholas Wilkie and former DS Kevin Lintern were part of a team of officers who investigated the fire at the former Poundstretcher premises in Blackwood. One man was charged with arson and later found guilty at trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

Following the death of a six week old baby in the Caerphilly County Borough, DCI Leanne Brustad, DC Toni-Marie Stimpson, DC Jaime Lewis, DC Jolene Podmore and DS Leigh Holborn conducted a multi-agency investigation. A man was found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

A team of officers involved in Operational Imperial (Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths, DI Lyndon Hawker, DC Jolene Podmore, DC Jaime Lewis and DC Toni-Marie Stimpson). This was an investigation into a man who was made to work 15 hours a day for 13 years on a local farm without being paid. The offender was sent to prison for four years.

An elderly couple were trapped in their vehicle after it had been involved in a road traffic collision In Newport. PC Matthew Andrews and PC Daniel Hopkins were the first on scene, providing reassurance and first aid to the victims until paramedics arrived.

SC Ewan Turner responded to a call in the Caerphilly area where a woman had harmed herself and was bleeding profusely. He provided first aid, until a First Responder arrived, saving her life.

DC Simon Thomas and PC Richard Oakerbee provided CPR for over five minutes on a woman in Newport who had taken a drugs overdose. Their actions helped save her life.

PC Alistair Phillips, PC David Tomsa, PC Mark Williams and PC Alan Cotterell performed CPR on a woman in Bargoed that had stopped breathing after taking a drugs overdose. Their actions saved her life.

A member of the public, Donna Hagerty, stopped a woman who she saw trying to harm herself by entering a river in Ystrad Mynach.

Aaron Edwards, a member of the public, called police and assisted them in arresting a violent offender in the New Tredegar area.

A team of partner agencies (including police, local councils, health and probation) who work to deliver the ‘Prevent’ strategy. They ensure there is a multi-agency and joined up response to the challenges presented by terrorism and aspects of extremism.

DC Claire Offers was recognised for her outstanding service to victims. DC Offers has developed working arrangements between police Family Liaison Officers (FLOs) and council Crisis Support Workers (CSWs) following major incidents.

DS Emma Brown and DC Louise Ennis were recognised for the service that they provided to a victim, through the investigation and subsequent prosecution of a man for committing serious sexual offences against her as a child.

Police staff member John Metcalfe was recognised for the quality of service that he has provided throughout his 45 years’ service as a police officer and later member of police staff.

In their roles as Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Liaison Officers, CSO Pauline Lohfink and DC Hannah Lawton have established links with the local communities. In particular they have worked with young people in the Pontypool area to help increase understanding of the GRT culture.

Paul Adams has worked to improve the administration of firearms licensing, introducing online form processing and improving the service being provided to customers.

The Gareth Hopkins Adversity Award was presented to two officers this year. PC Hywel Griffiths was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 17 years ago, and continues about his daily work with the Major Incident Team, facing the challenges that every day brings.

PC Kevin Morgan was awarded with the Gareth Hopkins Adversity Award posthumously. PC Morgan passed away in March 2015 after a long battle against cancer. His daughter Shelley and son, Lee Morgan who is a CSO in Ebbw Vale, collected the award on his behalf.

The Student Officer of the Year (Paul Mallet Award) was presented to PC Sean Fletcher, who is based in Abergavenny.

Jordan Tayler is Cadet of the Year – he has volunteered for more than 150 hours, and is now a Junior Cadet Leader in Newport.

Philip Sutton received Volunteer of the Year, for the work that he undertakes as the Force Cadet Co-ordinator.

The Outstanding Contribution to Local Policing Award went to CSO Matthew Pearce from Caerphilly. He has worked to address anti-social behaviour and introduce diversionary activities for young people in the area.

A group of officers from the Newport Central Neighbourhood Policing Team were recognised for their teamwork. They worked to close down a ‘Legal high’ shop in the city centre using new powers. The team included PC Mark Sexton, PC Andrew Lewis, PC Max O’Hagan, PC Jeffrey Harris, PC Dean Lanfear, CSO Perrie Di Ronato and CSO Jack Purcell.

Source:: Gwent Police News

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