Chief Constable Awards Ceremony – Thursday 28 November
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Thames Valley Police held a Chief Constable Awards Ceremony yesterday (28/11) at the force’s training centre in Sulhamstead.
A total of 13 officers, seven members of staff, three people from partner agencies and a member of the public were commended for going above and beyond what was expected of them.
A further four officers and five members of staff received long service medals for completing 20 years’ service, a special sergeant for nine years’ service and two volunteers for five years’ service.
The ceremony was attended by Chief Constable John Campbell, Assistant Chief Constable Pete O’Doherty and High Sheriff of Berkshire, Lucy Zeal.
PC Richard Fenemore was commended for providing life-saving first aid to a woman who had been hit by a train at Milton Keynes Railway Station. A trained PSU medic, PC Fenemore climbed under the train and provided first aid treatment. Undoubtedly, his actions helped save the victims life. He displayed the highest level of professionalism in extremely difficult circumstances.
Alexander Avery was awarded a Royal Humane Society Award for providing emergency first aid to a baby. He heard a shout for help from the mother of the baby and ran to them. Alexander then performed CPR before the emergency services arrived.
Sergeant Nicki Entwistle, Ali Pearson, Ben Axelsen, Jason Hemmings, Chief Inspector Stuart Codling, Claire Hibbert, Chief Inspector Henry Parsons, Dean Elliot from Bucks Fire and Rescue and Lindsey Hobbs from Slough Ambulance Station were commended for their work in developing and hosting a training exercise for over 30 agencies. They worked hard in a short space of time to facilitate all the requirements of the exercise and ensure it was run smoothly.
PC Claire Dye-Lewis, PC Jonathon Lewis, PC Rob Lucarotti, PC James O’Carroll, Inspector Euan Livingstone, Sergeant Gordon McKayhave been commended for their response to reports that shots had been fired in Paradise Square Oxford, in May 2018. Duncan Shearman, aged 26, of Paradise Square had been involved in a verbal altercation with a neighbour and was seen to pick up a gun and point it directly at them as they walked away. Streets nearby had to be evacuated as officers responded. The initial report was at around 1.15pm on 7 May and officers spent over 12 hours managing the situation and eventually at 3am the next day Shearman gave himself up. Throughout the incident, he repeatedly shot at officers and threw items from his balcony at them. He was later sentenced to six years’ imprisonment plus a further four years on licence for various firearm offences. The officers demonstrated calm and collected leadership throughout the incident and acted with selflessness and bravery.
Detective Constable Dani Bird, PC Alistair Jarratt, Victoria Butler, Ali Pearson and Helen Gordos of the National Crime Agency were commended for their work on a highly complex and challenging investigation to tackle drug supply, modern day slavery and immigration offences. A total of thirty individuals were safeguarded, three were charged with drug offences, and 12 handed to HM Immigration for immigration offences. Those charged were convicted and sentenced to almost 25 years in prison. All officers involved in this investigation demonstrated the ability to work well with other partner agencies and build good relationships with the local community that are still utilised today.
At the ceremony, High Sheriff of Berkshire, Lucy Zeal, said: “It is a pleasure to be here today, it’s very humbling that my role has given me a privileged insight into Thames Valley Police.
“I’d like to emphasise how much I appreciate all of your work. My eyes have been truly opened to how many inspiring people are working in each corner of the Thames Valley. I’m full of admiration.”