Borough Commander awards brave and dedicated officers and members of the community

02 April 2014

Bi-annual Commendation Ceremony

On Wednesday 26 March 2014, at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club, Police Officers, staff and members of the public were honoured for their acts of professionalism, teamwork, bravery, and dedication to duty at the Borough Commander’s bi-annual Commendation Ceremony.

Award recipients and their families were presented with the deeds of those honoured by the Senior Leadership Team for Barking and Dagenham Police and the event Host Borough Commander Andy Ewing.

"I am very proud of the achievements of all the recipients of this award"

The Worshipful Mayor Hardial Singh Rai accompanied by the Lady Mayoress also attended and assisted in the presentations.

Those awarded were:

Dagenham Police Station Reception Officer Richard Smith for initiative, professionalism and quick thinking when dealing with a wanted, dangerous offender.

Police Sergeant Richard Morgan, PC Jamie Jordan and Inspector Steve Gray for their enthusiasm, commitment and dedication when organising and conducting Operation Grinch that resulted in a 33% reduction in theft and an 11% reduction in ASB on the approach to Christmas.

Police Sergeant Gary Eyers and Inspector Ken Baker for initiative and dedication in furthering their education in youth offending in their own time and at their own expense.

PC Jo Kamile and PC Eugene Chapman for their dedication to duty and professionalism when dealing with a complex rape investigation.

Police Cadet Chase Gray for her initiative commitment and enthusiasm in promoting the Volunteer Police Cadets and Anti Bullying week.

PC Maura Chapman and PC Kerry Martin for their excellent detective work, initiative and dedication while investigating a distraction theft against an elderly person that resulted in the ultimate arrest and conviction of the suspects.

PC Carroll Weeden, PS Dave Simpson, PC Keith Wood, PS Paul Legg, Special Constable Mike Pearce, PC Leon Kephalas, PC Holly Mason and PC James Wright for their excellent team investigation skills that led to the arrest of 7 suspects in connection with the theft of mobile phones, handling stolen goods, fraud and immigration offences.

PC Carroll Weeden and PC Miles Alexander-Boxall for their dedication and commitment to developing LGBT community initiatives and drop in centres in partnership with local agencies.

Gascoigne Safer Neighbourhoods Team for their dedication and commitment to reducing crime and disorder that has led to continued investment in partnership policing on Gascoigne Ward.

PC Rachael Benson was commended for her perseverance, commitment and dedication to duty in preventing a man from jumping from a roof onto railway lines.

PC Bobbi Barthram and PC Paul Millard for their initiative, quick thinking and bravery that led to the fast-time location and arrest of a suspect for attempted murder.

Inspector Gary Routh, Police Sergeant Steve Cochrane, PC Paul Andrews, PC Dave Ramshaw, PC Glen Collier, PC Steph Moore, PC Howard Nutley, PC Jon Goode, PC John Guthrie, PC Tom Ford, PC Matt Barnaby and PC Mark Holmes were commended for their professionalism, empathy and initiative in dealing with a highly emotive murder and missing child case that resulted in the child being recovered safe and well.

PC Anthony Howe was commended for bravery, initiative and perseverance when dealing with the successful arrest of a violent, armed suspect.

PC Nick Hancock, PC Karen Greenhalgh, PC Richard Guest, PC Robert Schlosz, PC Nick Hurst, PC Roger Da Costa Mendes and PC Suzanne Stanbrook were commended for bravery, perseverance and professionalism when dealing with a violent suspect of unusually large stature who was under the influence of alcohol and suffering from mental health issues. All officers involved suffered injuries during this arrest.

PC Stuart Lyon, PC Dan James, PC Paul Legg, PC Richard Draper and PC Leon Kephalas were commended for dedication to duty and professionalism while dealing with violent and abusive protestors during a very long extended shift at the visit of the Korean President to London.

A 16 year old young woman (member of the public) was commended for her courage and bravery in distressing circumstances coupled with her quick thinking actions that led to the arrest of a potentially dangerous man.

A member of the public was commended for public spirited action and showing compassion to a man threatening to jump from a bridge. His efforts brought a man to safety where he may otherwise have jumped.

PC Samuel Carey, PC Robert Smith, PC Eloise Thompson, PC Robert Bushell, Police Sergeant Julian Bertie, PC Gemmas Dudley, PC Craig Portsmouth and Detective Sergeant Louise Giles were commended for their commitment to duty, professionalism and use of initiative while working for the Gangs Unit dealing with stabbings, firearms offences, kidnapping and drug crime.

A member of the public was commended for bravery and quick thinking actions in detaining two robbers, recovering the property they had stolen and assisting the victims.

Press Officer Amanda Driscoll was commended for her dedication to Barking and Dagenham borough and professionalism in her former role as liaison between Barking and Dagenham Police and the media.

Police Sergeant Richard Lewsley was commended for his dedication and professionalism when dealing with an emotive Bigamy case that resulted in a 6 month prison sentence for the accused.

Detective Constable Barny Fryer was commended for his dedication, commitment and professionalism when dealing with a complicated sexual assault case.

Detective Constable Barny Fryer and Detective Constable Jacqui Baxter were commended for their compassion, kindness and professionalism when dealing with an incident of sudden death.

Detective Constable Damian Jones was commended for his determination and perseverance in a very complex robbery case that resulted in convictions despite a number of obstacles that DC Jones overcame.

Borough Commander Andy Ewing said: "It is always my great pleasure to commend those officers, staff and members of the public who have shown dedication to the community and their safety in such inspiring ways.

I also convey my thanks to the families of my officers and staff who so often have their own lives disrupted by the professional demands placed on their loved ones."

He added: “I am very proud of the achievements of all the recipients of this award and I am very privileged to be leading the team serving the communities of Barking and Dagenham.”