Cherwell and West Oxfordshire LPA Commander’s Commendation Ceremony

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Commander of Cherwell and West Oxfordshire local police area (LPA) has awarded commendations to police officers, police staff and members of the public.

Supt Mark Johns, Commander of Cherwell and West Oxfordshire LPA, and his management team have awarded commendations to police officers, police staff and members of the public who have displayed selfless commitment, leadership and professionalism.

The commendations were presented to recipients during a ceremony held at Exeter Hall, Kidlington on Monday (27/11).

Members of the public Graham Speke, Lesley Speke, Felicity Hilsdon were commended for their selfless actions in providing CPR to a lady who had drowned, their intervention has undoubtedly contributed to saving the life of someone not known to them and demonstrates a high degree of public spiritedness.

Acting Police Sergeant Kelly Collins was also commended for providing CPR, his actions exhibited the highest traditions of the police service.

Police Sergeant Katrina Hibbert, Police Sergeant David Keith, Police Sergeant Jade Hewitt and Police Constable Ian Allen were all commended for their hard work in the planning and execution of Operation Refresh, an operation designed to disrupt county drug line groups operating in Banbury who exploit vulnerable adults in order to use their premises for drug dealing.

Others commended on the evening were:

Detention Officer Makayla Evans was commended for exhibiting selfless commitment and leadership when faced with a serious injury road traffic collision on the opposite side of the road to her on July 13 2017. Makayla was responsible for stabilising and reassuring the casualty and aiding the emergency services in their duties, with first aid skills and traffic control.

Acting Police Sergeant Neal Templey was commended for his organisational skills, detective ability and capacity to motivate other to locate wanted people. Over a six month period, the length of time a person was wanted in the LPA fell and often there were no outstanding warrants on Cherwell and West Oxfordshire.

Police Constable James Lingwood and Police Constable Evonne Letch were commended for their exceptional example of supporting the policing principles of selflessness and leading by example when attending a fear for welfare incident.

PCSO Claire Brennan was commended for her courage and selfless commitment to ensure a family was safeguarded after a case of domestic abuse.

Police Sergeant David Keith was recognised for his determination to succeed and bring offenders to justice and PS Keith was therefore commended for his professionalism, tenacity and consistent quality of work.

Matthew Hatt, a member of the public, was commended for his selfless act when assisting an officer with a fear for welfare incident in Banbury. Matthew acted swiftly and with great professionalism.

Supt Mark Johns said: “It is always a pleasure to recognise the outstanding work of officers and the brave actions of members of the public. Everyone recognised has made a real difference to the lives of other people.”

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