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41246. Nicola Wheatley/ Pete Lonsdale
Letter recieved from serving offender in HMP. Thanking the two officers for being approachable, fair and professional in their dealings with him for outstanding offences. Advice he recieved from them regarding him planning a future and referals to partner organisations which will help and support him.
Date of Nomination: 14:26:07 28/02/14
41109. D/Sgt 2088 Scott JAMESON
Please see the below from the Coroners Office today (11/02/2014) regarding the suicide of a man. Scott dealt with this as on call Det Sgt, North, in the early hours of the 30th November 2013. As you will see from the email he recieved praise from both family members and the Cornoners Office. Incidents of this nature require the highest standards of tact and professionalism and I am delighted to nominate Scott for his actions on this occasion. E Mail from Coroners to DSgt 238 Devine 11/02/2014:Hi Graeme,I just wanted to make you aware at the inquest for the above man which was held yesterday, the family specifically asked the Coroner to thank Scott for his hard work and professional manner throughout the case. It is quite rare for the family to do this at inquest and therefore I wanted to make you aware of this. Scott’s handling of the family, reports and property in relation to our role within the Coroner’s Office was extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. Thanks Dawn Bradshaw HM Coroners Officer.
Date of Nomination: 11:00:13 28/02/14
41081. Mrs Margaret ELGIE
I would like to highlight the outstanding work undertaken by the local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for Sunnybrow; Margaret ELGIE on Tuesday 4th February 2014.On the above date at around 13:30 HRS I was on foot patrol in the area of Sunnybrow allotments with Margaret. I was approached by a member of the public who brought my attention to a black Quadzilla R100 quad bike which was parked up outside of the allotments. This member of the public stated they had not seen it in the area before. I agreed it was unusual for the quad to be left in the area with no obvious owner nearby however at that time there were no obvious signs of TWOK damage and vehicle checks were conducted to make sure it had not been reported stolen. Subsequently I made the decision to leave the quad in its location, believing that it must belong to someone who had simply parked it and intended to return. I then tasked Margaret to keep an eye on the quad and report any suspicious activity. Subsequently at around 16:15 HRS I received a private call from Comms stating Margaret ELGIE would like to speak with me. At this time I was not in a position to speak so I told the call handler I would speak when I became available.At 17:54 HRS the quad was reported stolen and I was tasked to re-attend Sunnybrow allotments to confirm if the quad was still in the location. I arrived on scene at approximately 18:34 HRS and confirmed that the vehicle had been moved; therefore I went to liaise with Margaret who informed me that she had witnessed three male youths attempting to start the quad at around 16:00 HRS so took it upon herself to go and challenge the group. Margaret spoke with one of the males who stated it was his quad and it had been stolen last night. She then asked if she could take this males photo which he agreed to before he proceeded in company with the other two males to take the quad up through Sunnybrow, along the old railway lines towards Hunwick.I was able to ID the male in the photograph, additionally PCSO CAREY and I had sighted this male in company with two others matching the descriptions given walking away from the old railway lines in Hunwick at around 19:15 HRS.This information was then relayed on to SCT at SB who then affected arrests on two of the males responsible.I understand that the male challenged and photographed by Margaret has now admitted to the burglary.
Date of Nomination: 10:53:08 28/02/14
41080. Wioleta Cieslewicz, Tomasz Fladro and Cassie Wilson
At the beginning of January 2014 a non English speaking Polish woman packed all her belongings and moved from Poland to Darlington with her 11yr old son to start a new life with her new Polish partner. Unfortunately after severing all ties with Poland the woman and her son found that her new partner was not as he had seemed and that she was now living within an abusive relationship. Concerned about her sons welfare she left her partner and sought help but this resulted in her believing through poor communication that she was entitled to no support, she could be deported back to Poland and not be allowed to return to England, and her son might be taken into care due to her not being able to support him. Panicked by this information she turned to Wioleta and Tomasz who are North Road beat team volunteers who lead the local Polish community through PACT. Tomasz liaised with Sgt Edmunds and the Citizen Advice bureau whilst Wioleta maintained contact with the woman. A Polish nurse from the local hospital agreed to provide temporary accommodation whilst the problems where looked into. However, both Tomasz and Wioleta also considered offering their homes temporarily to prevent the woman being homeless and losing her child. The woman attended the local citizen advice bureau and was given further advice translated by Tomasz and Wioleta which resulted in a social services referral. Wioleta made herself available for the Social services visit and helped with communication which helped prevent further confusion and gave support to the woman. The law as it stands does not provide for EU citizens to be supported long term unless they have a NI number through having work or they have been in the country over 3 months. Emergency funds were used to provide short term support and to allow the family to stay with the Polish nurse and the son to continue at a local school. This was obviously facilitated by Wioleta and Tomasz. Cassie Wilson works with the local minority communities in Northgate and in particular the Polish community. She was briefed about the circumstances by Sgt Edmunds and she made arrangements for the woman’s belongings to be recovered from the ex partners address and she used her contacts to find the woman a part time job so that she can start helping herself and get a NI number which will allow the local council to now help her. The woman was very emotional and thankful for all the help she has received and it would appear a very difficult and dangerous situation has now been put right by the support of Wioleta, Tomasz and Cassie. Although others have contributed to the success reported above I believe the above three named persons went beyond what would normally be expected of them and as such deserve recognition. I am very proud to be their supervisor.
Date of Nomination: 10:45:17 28/02/14
41011. PC 1894 Michel Bostock
For her work in a protracted application for a SOPO (sexual offences prevention order)obtained against a very litigious individual. The application took nearly a year to conclude involving numerous court hearings and substantial evidence.Throughout the application PC Bostock has been first class and a credit to the Constabulary. She has conducted herself professionally, fronting up the case and remaining in full control. She has shown a personal determination to see the case to the end and has obtained and presented excellent evidence. The subject of the SOPO is a dangerous individual and the SOPO will allow the Police to manage this individual and protect children.
Date of Nomination: 09:25:54 28/02/14
40678. PC 2045 Andrew WELLS
I note that the site mentions this must be recent however I feel Andys work for coming up to 18 months does warrant some praise. He attended a serious four vehicle collision on the A167 Chilton on the 1st June 2012. One of the vehicles involved was driven by a man from the darlington area. The offending vehicle had for reasons unknown, entered the opposing carriageway and collided headon with the man before hitting two other vehicles. The man was shortly due to retire and enjoy a round the world trip with his wife. He suffered massive life changing injuries on his brain and physical injuries at the time. Their trip was cancelled and he is now having to live apart from his wife in semi secure care in the Leeds area. The investigation is still ongoing and has been adjourned at court numerous times. P.C WELLS has been liaising with CPS a number of times to get a successful outcome for the family who has certainly had a terrible 18 months. Andrew has been in regular contact with the family to check on their welfare. He has gone out of his way to make sure she has been updated at every stage and make sure her questions have been answered throughout. The family has suffered a lot of heartache and the victim no longer really knows his wife due to his injuries. I feel that Andrew has gone above and beyond in his role where other officers would have cut ties. He has kept their welfare in his thoughts in my opinion first class victim care.
Date of Nomination: 10:21:13 30/01/14
40564. PCSO 7405 Steven Atherton
Steve responded promptly and pleasantly with helpful advice when I reported that a car had been left outside our home for over a week (not a neighbours or locals). We have also experienced nuisance parking across our access gate. He was very courteous and thorough in providing advise on parking issues in Tanfield Village. Many thanks Steve.
Date of Nomination: 10:04:37 30/01/14
40638. PCSO 7242 Michael Craine
Michael is the local PCSO for the Leadgate area. He regularly visits the Leadgate community centre. During one of his visits Michael noticed that the retaining wall of the disabled ramp was in a poor state. The bricks were coming away which not only could have caused injury, but could have been used as missiles. Michael then spoke to the caretaker about the wall while at the PACT meeting. Michael offered his services as Michael is a fully qualified brick layer. The community centre took up Michaels offer and Michael then dusted his brick laying trowel off went to the community centre with buckets, sand & cement. Michael had arranged prior to attending to invite some of the younger children from the community to come along and join in laying some bricks. Michael completed the job with help from the younger children making the disable ramp a lot safer and cosmetically more pleasing to the eye. The event was published in several newsletters including the PACT updates and also in the Police & Crime Commissioners report, issue 6 Nov 2013. Michael has shown a great use of his skills in both repairing the wall and bringing the wider community together by including the young children, who, as time goes on will look at the wall knowing that they had a part in its refurbishment. Michael obtained all the materials in his own time and supplied the bricks needed from his own personal stock.
Date of Nomination: 10:09:36 31/12/13
39967. SC 3672 Mathew Speed
SC Speed lives in London, however he travels to Seaham on weekends to do duty with the Seaham Neighbourhood Team. he does not come every wekend but if we contact him for an operation or an operational need he will travel from London to Co Durham to carry out his duties. I believe his commitment to Durham Constabulary and to his duties as a Special Constable are well derserving of a WOW award. travelling from London to do duties!!
Date of Nomination: 08:54:43 31/12/13
39851. PC 1080 William Crampsie & Mr Garry Palmer
While checking the force logs, I came across an incident where it was mentioned that a photograph had been taken by a landowner of a person who was suspected of badger baiting. I asked the local PCSO to send me the photograph, even though local officers were not able to identify the man. I did not recognise the man, but thought that local Weardale officers might. I e-mailed this to Billy Crampsie who recognised the man immediately. He liaised with RSPCA officer Garry Palmer and a warrant and investigation took place. This took a lot of time and effort on both officers part as this is an area of policing that is not widely dealt with on a day to day basis and both officers went far beyond their remit to ensure that the male was dealt with robustly at court. The investigation may never have got that far without the hard work and determination of Billy and Garry. Their efforts were rewarded when the male was heavily sentenced for the offence at court. For all of their dilliogence and perserverance, I feel that PC Billy Crampsie and RSPCA officer Garry Palmer should be awarded WOW awards ans they went far beyond thier call of duty to bring a successful prosecution to the offences.
Date of Nomination: 08:51:20 31/12/13
40472. DC 125 Mark Forster
Letter recieved to myself from Mr & Mrs Fisher, 9 The Ridgeway, South Shields, Glaggwood Park. Outlining the fantastic manner, approach and advice offered to them by this officer. This was in relation to the customer being a victim of crime in having their m/v stolen. DC Foster offered them advice around insurance, the updates on the enq. and future security. Mr & Mrs Fisher provided feedback on how proud they are of the police and of the officer involved.
Date of Nomination: 11:28:05 29/11/13
39843. C Relief Call Handling Team
On behalf of the C shift Supervisory Team comprising Insp Blakemore, Sgt Sammut, Supervisor Paul Sharp & I, I wish to nominate the C Shift Call Handling Team based in the Priority Dispatch Centre at Police HQ, Durham for a WOW award. This small team of Call handling staff, some of whom are experienced staff and some who are new to the role of Call Handler, have consistently produced excellent Call Management results throughout the year to date. The team has proved to be the highest performing team of the four teams within the Communications Dept of a Force graded as no 2 nationally for "Ease of Contact". The staff have ensured that calls are answered quickly, ensured that "not ready" time has been kept to a minimum and have adapted well to the many changes in working practices which have occurred during the last few months ie pushing PACT Priorities, ensuring callers are asked if they want an update following their report & have embraced the risk assessment tool, THRIVE (identifying vulnerable persons & repeat victims) with a positive attitude, recognising its merits & the benefits it has on service delivery.
Date of Nomination: 10:32:30 29/11/13
39355. Mr Andy Snailham & Mr Steve Wright
To support a major investigation, a decision was taken to provide 16 additional laptops and with one weeks notice (and on top of their daily work) Andy and Steve prepared and delivered the laptops for use by another team. The service they provided and the postive attitude was first class and commented upon by others from around the country. Both individuals showed themselves, their department and Durham Constabulary as a professional and willing organisation, able to support huge national investigations as part of UK police
Date of Nomination: 10:21:16 29/11/13
39189. PC1939 Michael Auston
I wish to nominate PC1939 for a WOW award following all his advice & support after a gas canister explosion at our adjoining neighbours address which left their house practically demolished & our house badly damaged internally. Throughout the incident, he kept us updated, ensured that we were ok & offered advice in relation to insurance and the practical sides of such a situation. He acted very professional whilst being very empathetic to our situation. We had not only had damage caused to our house, but had lost a close neighbour and friend during this incident. I cannot praise PC Auston, who remained on scene preservation (his colleague has already nominated for WOW award also) enough as without his support & advice, I feel that we would have come away from this incident feeling a lot different.He is a credit to Durham Constabulary.
Date of Nomination: 16:08:12 30/09/13
39038. Mrs Jayne Collins
I would like to nominate Jayne for her work in relation to the preparation of the video and media work to allow the organisation to take their submissions to the WOW awards. In particular the ‘Red alert’ DVD where Jayne was given the freedom to use her imagination, take some informed decisions about what she did but to create something that was inspirational to go with our submission for the ‘Best Emergency Service’. Jayne did this fantastically well, gathering the footage and content she needed, putting together a very professional but different DVD to a piece of music that fit perfectly. It shows the diversity of issues the organsiation has to deal with and the fantastic staff who deliver this every day. She worked long hours against often competing operational demands. The DVD is already being used in focus days and training courses and has been very well received from viewers so far. Well done Jayne
Date of Nomination: 15:35:27 30/09/13
38800. Sgt 325 Peter Moore
Whilst on extended sick leave for a serious medical condition Sgt Moore made regular visits to my home address to check on my welfare and progress and, when I was well enough, took me for days out to assist in my recovery. He also kept in touch by text, particularly on treatment and consultation days, making me feel as if I was valued and cared for as a colleague. Sgt Moore even went to the trouble of making a meal for my husband and son whilst I was in hospital, empathising with the fact that they were also going through a traumatic time. I feel that he went over and above his requirement as a supervisor and deserves recognition for his consideration and support towards me during an extremely difficult period.
Date of Nomination: 15:31:38 30/09/13
36984. Tracy Cornfield
Pc 2363 Tracy Cornfield dealt with an elderly female reporting the theft of two solar lighted ornamental trees from her front garden. On arrival the lady was very upset, commenting she had lost everything in a house fire In November last year and her son had died at that time adding she did not have house insurance and very little in savings. The lady gave more bad news in that she had also recently been diagnosed with aggressive stomach cancer which is suspected to be terminal. The lady rarely sleeps at night and often stands at her front door in the middle of the night and the solar lights of the trees ‘made her smile’. Tracy took it upon herself to visit the store where the lady had purchased the solar lighted trees from, explained the circumstances to them and they have arranged to provide the lady with two replacement ones free of charge. The lady involved in this incident has been described as ‘over the moon’ with the extra work Tracy has done to replace the stolen items.Dave Telford A/Sgt 683
Date of Nomination: 12:40:09 29/07/13
36969. PCSO 6778 Claire Laidler & PCSO 7040, Steve Larter
After a concert at Durham County Cricket Ground a pre booked, and paid for, taxi failed to turn up to collect my 15 year old daughter and two friends. Eventually all stewards left and the area was completely deserted. A police van with two officers in spoke to my daughter and then to me on the phone. As you can imagine I was frantic with worry, and at the same time was in contact with the taxi company who assured me a car was en route. The female officer was truly brilliant. She calmed me down and assured me they would not leave the girls alone. She came across as friendly, reassuring but so professional. The taxi did not arrive and alternative arrangements were made for me to collect the girls. At no time were the girls left on their own and I truly believe these officers went way above their call of duty and I think they even worked past their finish time!! Not once did they make me or the girls feel we were being a hindrance and acted so professionally at all times. I know some people would expect officers to act that way but sadly it is not always the case. They have portrayed Durham Constabulary in such a positive light and one which the three girls will not forget. They are a credit to your force.
Date of Nomination: 15:44:46 23/07/13
34818. Mrs Catherine Brazier & Ms Catherine Morgan
Katy and Catherine (employee of a partner agency DCC) have provided unwavering and invaluable support to a repeat victim of domestic violence over a period of 2 years. They have spent numerous hours reassuring her which ultimately led to her appearance at court to give evidence. Both have gone the extra mile by attending appointments with the victim not related to the court process, helped her with re-housing and assisted in the removal of belongings which were of sentimental value in order to prevent her returning to the area and crossing paths with the perpetrator and to relieve her of the distress this was causing. The victim has previously retracted complaints and reconciled with the victim however this did not sway them from their positive attitude and problem solving approach. The victim was extremely grateful and wrote a letter of appreciation the the Chief Constable.
Date of Nomination: 15:45:34 27/06/13
34376. PCSO 7042 Elizabeth Harley
PCSO Harleys work secured the co-operation, support and complaint of a vulnerable victim who had sustained (reported) significant injury following a recent assault. This investigation was a success due to a number of factors including her dedication, victim-focus, sensitivity, positive attitude, fine investigative skills and above all a determination to support a victim with complex needs. She has personally supported this victim over a number of years and has made herself a source of help for a very vulnerable lady who lives a very chaotic life. Without this dedication this woman would not have had the confidence to help her situation and would very likely have suffered in silence. Such actions are both positive and professional and provide an excellent example of first class police work.
Date of Nomination: 14:10:32 31/05/13
29076. Miss Laura Philipson
I am nominating Laura for a Wow award as she recently went above and beyond her role to improve the life of a vulnerable young woman. Laura works closely with those working with victims of domestic abuse. In November Laura became aware of a young female who has recently moved from ‘the other end of the country’ away from family and friends because of domestic violence and was extremely vulnerable. She has been refused a Council grant and the appeal has also been refused. She has no furniture and nothing on the floor, (no carpets or coverings at all) she has no bed, washer or fridge, or anything to make the place ‘cosy’. Laura sent out requests using the internal circulator to all staff asking for their help. Laura and everyone in our team have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown by staff and the large numbers of donations of all sorts of furniture and homeware. Laura organised for donations to be stored and distributed. She also liaised with estates who offered a wide range of furniture from the old hostel blocks, ensuring unwanted furniture was given to those who need it. Laura’s initiative and kindness has not only improved the life of vulnerable people in our community but also shown the kindness displayed by police officers and staff across the force area.
Date of Nomination: 11:52:19 31/01/13
28827. PC 1676 John Payne
PC Payne came accross an RTC at Leadgate involving an elderly gentlemen. This males car was hit causing extensive damage by another vehicle who had left the scene without stopping. Following an area search PC Payne found a section of the offending vehicle and I believe through due diligence and exceptional police work, identified the offender from a portion of that car tracing its origin through a vw/audi supply chain. A marker was put on the part in an attempt to identify the driver/owner which proved successful. The vehicle and the driver were identified intially stating that they had hit a static object. Confronted with the evidence a full and frank admission was made. That person was subsequently reported. I believe PC Payne demonstrated excellent police skills not only in identifying the offender but helping the victim claim for repairs through insurances without any unnesecary expense to him, a total victim satisfaction achieved and an investigation which has given me some fantastic pointers for future referrence. PC Payne detected a crime from a small printed number on a piece of plastic. Victim satisfaction unmeasurable.
Date of Nomination: 11:48:32 31/01/13
26817. PC 1452 Alan Thompson
Myself and the rest of the team would like to nominate Alan for his commitment and dedication in addressing a convoluted and complex neighbourhood dispute involving a number of households. This is an ongoing situation that has placed a significant demand on police resources. Given the almost daily calls made to the organisation from each household involved. Alan has taken a primary role at tackling this issue, obtaining a number of key statements and engaging with partner agencies. His dedication and drive supports the force vision of protecting neighbourhoods and solving problems. He is a role model to the rest of the team, hence the nomination.
Date of Nomination: 11:39:00 31/01/13
26440. Ms Dianne Patterson
Dianne works as a mentor in the Intergrated offender management unit at Darlington. As part of the team Dianne takes an active role in working with offenders. She always makes a positive contribution and is willing to go that extra mile. She often works beyond her working hours in order to get the job done. Her willingness and hard working approach are clear to see and allow officers within the unit to focus on other areas of work. She always work with an open mind/positive attitude which allows her to form strong rapports/relationships with clients who are generally hard to reach and builds trust. In recent months Dianne has made such an impact on one client who was a prolific offender, that he has been through recovery and is now a volunteer mentor for recovering addicts in the Peterlee area. Dianne is currently mentoring another client who has a number of medical issues but fails to manage the illness correctly possibly through choice. Although he has support workers Dianne has taken it upon herself to research the illness and is fully aware of what he needs to do to remain stable. She has also become a point of contact with the support workers who contact her on a regular basis for advice regarding the illness (diabetes). In conclusion I feel that Dianne makes a positive contribution every day to the goals of Durham Constabulary and the rehabilitation of offenders. Dianne would fully deserve a WOW award.
Date of Nomination: 11:13:53 25/01/13
28055. PC 832 Michael Donnelly
Acting as the Sergeant for PC Donnelly, I was requested by comms to contact the IP, Mr Dolan, following an incident on 7th November 2012. During the conversation, the IP reflected upon an incident where Mick Donnelly had dealt with a highly intoxicated gentleman who had caused himself an injury having left a wine bar. Mr Dolan felt it necessary to contact police upon his return home, having observed and interacted personally with Mick over a period of approximately 20 minutes whilst Ambulance crew were travelling. Mr Dolan described Mick as “fantastic” and a “credit to the police”, by the virtue of his professionalism and manner, under what Mr Dolan describes as quite a pressurised situation fuelled by intoxicated associates of the injured gentleman. Mr Dolan is an elderly gentleman, an ex-special constable 50yrs since, and wanted Mick to be recognised formally for his actions. Mr Dolan was not in a position personally to use the internet to nominate PC Donnelly, therefore i have submitted this on his behalf. I confirm that the above is a true account of what Mr Dolan has provided.
Date of Nomination: 13:20:55 29/11/12
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