Officers, staff, and volunteers honoured at annual Gwent Police Force Awards
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The awards, held at Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel & Spa on Tuesday 21 November, saw officers, staff, volunteers and members of the public celebrated for their hard work, dedication to our communities and bravery.
Some of this year’s winners of our values awards – chosen by a panel of judges - were:
PC Hannah Frankcombe
PC Hannah Frankcombe was recognised for the care, compassion, and support that she provided to a woman who was trapped in a vehicle following a road traffic collision.
In traumatic circumstances, Hannah performed CPR at the scene until further help arrived.
PC Nikhita Bryant
PC Nikhita Bryant showed tremendous courage in response to a high-risk missing person where she was faced with the threat of a firearm.
Nikhita remained calm and negotiated the surrender of a firearm and brought the vulnerable person to safety ensuring that they had the support that they needed.
DS David Hancocke
Under the supervision and guidance of DS David Hancocke his team has achieved outstanding results – including over 100 arrests and the seizure of cash, drugs, and other assets more than £400,000 over a six-month period.
Not only is he a fantastic leader, but he has also been described as immensely positive and selfless.
DC Amy Prosser
DC Amy Prosser is the lead for the Police Now national detective programme in Gwent. She has shown great leadership, resilience and work ethic and has been a role model for all students on the programme.
PCSO Jenny Mullis
PCSO Bryan Flynn
PCSOs Jenny Mullis and Bryan Flynn’s communities and police programme was recognised in a recent HMIC peel inspection.
Described as a positive and promising initiative, they supported two learning programmes - one for our migrant communities and the other for children who have been excluded from school.
Outstanding contribution to volunteering
After serving for 38 years as an officer, Glyn Morvan joined the Brynmawr crime and prevention panel, which later became the Ebbw Fach Valley crime prevention panel. Following the closure of the panels, Glyn became a police support volunteer.
We’re honoured that, after nearly 50 years of service in Gwent, Glyn continues to help keep our communities safe.
Police staff of the year
Alison has been an integral part of Gwent police since 1983, and during her 40 years of service she has worked as the executive support officer to four chief constables - including chief constable Pam Kelly.
Alison is an invaluable member of our chief officer team, and her dedication to her role and Gwent Police ensures that all the chief officers are equipped to keep the communities of Gwent safe.
Police officer of the year
PC Lisa Bird
PC Lisa Bird’s dedication to keeping the roads of Gwent safe has led to her arresting more drug drivers than any other officer. To date, she has arrested 129 offenders for 197 offences – with a positive outcome rate of 59.3%.
The Crash Detectives
The Collision Investigation Unit, or the Crash Detectives as they’re now better known, was recognised for their work with the BBC.
Their diligence, professionalism, and expertise resonate with audiences across Wales and the UK; with over one million viewers for each episode.
Their excellent work helps to build an understanding of their complex work and the impact that collisions have on individuals and their families
In addition to the values awards, Chief Constable, Pam Kelly, awarded more than 50 Chief Constable commendations to officers and staff in recognition of outstanding courage, assiduous investigative policing, and consistently high levels of dedication to the community of Gwent.
Recipients of a Chief Constable’s Commendation range from teams bringing down Organised Criminal Gangs (OCGs) in Caerphilly, to new initiatives to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Newport, as well as the safeguarding of 15 children in a county lines operations.
Chief Constable Pam Kelly said: Chief Constable Pam Kelly said: “I’m incredibly proud to lead Gwent Police and our annual force awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on what we’ve achieved as individuals and as an organisation.
“Those receiving awards demonstrate the exemplary public service we aspire to deliver every day.
“Policing is a tough job, officers and staff deal with horrific incidents and it’s not just one infrequent bad day. These incidents occur on a regular basis, and our officers and staff continue to show up every day to serve our community with 100% dedication.
“When that telephone rings, usually when someone has had a difficult day or is in crisis, our officers and staff are the ones that step up, do their best and make a difference.”