Two police officers who rushed to save a woman who had been seriously injured were among those recognised at last night’s police awards.
Throughout the night nine awards and certificates were given out to Police Officers and staff, one to a member of the public for his bravery and one for Honorary Officer of the year.
The awards, which were held at the Town Hall, gave senior officers and staff the chance to thank their colleagues for bravery, dedication and enthusiasm for their job. The audience heard cases of officers putting others safety before their own, saving lives and securing the best evidence to bring offenders to justice. They also heard the impact the cases can have on the personal lives of those dealing with them.
Friends and family of the winners were in the audience to see the awards being collected, and were also thanked for their support, as well as other invited guests including the Minister for CCA, the Attorney General and Chief Executive of the States of Jersey.
Deputy Chief Officer Julian Blazeby said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to thank our staff and others for the amazing things they do. We often forget because it’s our job that some of the things we do show remarkable dedication and bravery and it’s only when we stand back and reflect that we see this.
“It is great for us to be able to talk about some of cases and say to those people that we appreciate what they have done and the contribution they make to our community.”
Amongst the winners was PC Trystan Colley. In October of 2016, seven fresh faced individuals joined the States of Jersey Police as probationary Police Constables. A year later Trystan is the one to watch, having attended 374 incidents and made over 50 arrests. He was given the Newcomer of the Year Award.
Detective Inspector Steve Langford was presented the Head of Department Commendation for his outstanding contribution as the lead operational senior investigator in Jersey during the last 15 years. Throughout this period, D/Insp Langford has dealt with homicides, attempt murders, rape and serious sexual assault, and organised crime - including drug importation. Under his leadership, his teams have secured justice for countless victims of crime.
The States of Jersey Police Recognition Award went to a young member of the public Finley Paton, who at the age of 14 saved the life of a complete stranger who he heard in distress. Finley selflessly put another’s safety before his own and dived in to the sea to help. Having managed to swim and locate the person, he took hold of them and had the strength to pull them to the shore.
The Honorary Police Officer of the Year Award was given posthumously to
Karen Valerie Gough who dedicated 15 years of her life to the parish of St Martin as an Honorary Officer. Karen was described as a mother hen to other officers, taking on many roles and being described as the font of knowledge.
Sadly, Karen lost a bravely fought battle with cancer on the 4th January this year. Her award was accepted by her husband Richard and daughter Hannah.
Below is PC Trystan Colley receiving his Newcomer of the Year Award from Deputy Chief Officer Julian Blazeby.
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