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41326. PC 2415 Mark Garfoot
Nomination submitted on behalf of member of the publics son who is a 15 yr old boy with autism and has been the victim of bullying for several years. He has a mentor at school and is a carer for his father and his mother who is in ill health too. Last week, he was on his way home from school and has been bullied to the point where two girls removed his head phones from him and broke them and after he swore at them to tell them to go away they followed him home kicking at him and threatening to kill his rabbits. He was extremely upset and frightened by the whole incident. PC Garfoot attended and spoke to him to establish what had happened and then spoke to the parents of the girls involved. PC Garfoot arranged to resolve this assault by restorative approach. After a visit to one of the parents they decided to visit the victim and his parents where they sat down and spoke about what had happened and the girl apologised for her behaviour. The other girl however was brought to the police station a couple of days later where a restorative approach meeting was facilitated by PC Garfoot. From the victim’s father he was very complimentary and praised PC Garfoot for the way he handled the young girl and dealt with her attitude. The girl’s mother gave an explanation of some of the issues in the family that may have contributed to her behaving in that manner and also apologised. The victims father was very complimentary of how PC Garfoot handled the meeting and the whole situation. I spoke to his father who said that he had only ever rang the police once before when his son had been bullied and he did not believe that that had resolved anything and he felt like he had been ‘fobbed off’ by the school for the last 5 years. After this meeting his son had gone to school and he appeared happier. His dad had not received any text messages, which he would normally have had regarding things that had happened at school. This meeting has given his son the confidence to go to school without being a victim of bullying. His father was so grateful for everything that has done so far and has asked if PC Garfoot could continue to work with them and the school. This intervention has been a great success and given a family confidence and reassurance to go about their day to day life.
Date: 14:26:07 28/02/14
41066. PC 2578 Steven Adey & PC 2593 Alan Freeman
I would like to nominate PC Adey & PC Freeman for a wow award as I feel they went above and beyond their duty whilst I was in their company. The officers treat me with respect and made me feel like a normal person rather than someone with Mental Health issues. PC Adey sat with me at hospital and even bought me a coffee as we waited from his own money.
Date: 08:56:17 28/02/14
41245. PC 2380 Alistair Rogowski
I was a victim of burglary in July 2013. Thanks to the assistance of local residents, a suspect was identified. After considerable police effort to gather evidence this person was charged along with 16 other crimes committed around that date but unfortunately the Crown Prosecution Service decided that only mine had strong enough evidence to proceed with criminal prosecution. PC Alastair Rogowski and his colleagues worked diligently to ensure that the process was correct and the evidence collected and presented was water tight so that finally, shortly before his rescheduled appearance in court and with little likelihood to escape a guilty verdict, this criminal confessed to his guilt. For someone unfamiliar with the criminal justice system it seems to move very slowly and in a somewhat peculiar way. However, Alastair Rogowski in an exemplary way has over the past 7+ months kept in touch by phone or email to update me on developments with the case and he has also helped me better understand how the judicial process works. This experience has given me a greater appreciation of the amount of work required and how compelling the evidence the police gather is required to be in our judicial system where there is always a presumption of innocence for every crime. No hour long TV drama really gets across the time and effort that sometimes can be involved to secure a conviction. Through the persistence he demonstrated in pursuing the case and the excellent way Alastair Rogowski kept me informed about my case I feel far more reassured as to the calibre of work Durham Constabularys officers can undertake on our behalf. My only dissatisfaction from this experience was learning through the court process that this criminal, despite still only being in his twenties had previously been found guilty for more than 100 similar offences!! This individual evidently believes crime is worth pursuing when he weighs up the possible cost of any likely punishment, whether a custodial sentence or not, should he get caught against what can be gained from stealing from others ... but that is not something the police control.
Date: 16:34:48 27/02/14
41202. PCSO 7564 Michael Hutchinson
Since joining this area as a positive action young man Michael has gained the respect of the young people. A daunting task for a newcomer. His total dedication and perseverance has gained him support from local residents. Drugs, underage drinking and off road bikes have made him be a figure in the community not to be underestimated by the wrong doers. Micheal follows all leads given to him by members of the Community Most of them with a fruitful outcome. Nothing is too great a task for him and he seems to thrive on sucessful outcome often going beyond the call off duty to fulfil an outcome. At all meetings he attends he gives out information that is needed making residents feel that they are important and he has a quiet manner that he uses to calm the most irate resident that he meets never raising his voice but being firm and understanding. One thing Micheal does is to feed back non classified information and update particulary to myself as I work closely with him in my Community. Micheal is an asset to the Police Force a dedicated asset to the Community. We have had many changes with our PCSOS and Micheal was "Tossed in at the deep end" into a very volatile area but he has calmed things down, turned things round and PLEASE LONG MAY HE REMAIN IN THIS AREA we need his positive attitude and dedication. Thank you.
Date: 16:21:32 27/02/14
41191. PCSO 7040 Steven Larter
PCSO Steve Larter deserves a medal all day long for his work with the children and residents of grange villa. He has brought about a massive change in the village with the Pact and junior pact he set up and is earning respect from all involved especially the children. He is what every village needs - a local officer who cares, knows whos who and what is going on. He is always happy and willing to listen to concerns of residents and importantly the children.
Date: 16:16:00 27/02/14
41063. PC 1611 Catherine Eames
I would like to nominate Catherine Eames as we found my uncle dead on sat 25th jan who I was very close to. It was Catherine who came out to his house while waiting for the paramedic with us. I would just like to say the the reason I have nominated her as she went beyond her call of duty with us she was very sympathetic towards us and very friendly but professional as well within her role. She could not do enough for us knowing how upset and shocked we were she let us do everything in our own time and never pushed us to talk about details of my uncle. If there was more people like her in this world then when things like this happens more people would be able to deal with a shock like we did well done and thank you Catherine.
Date: 15:47:19 27/02/14
41035. PC 542 Fiona Gibson
I would like to submit PC 0542 Fiona Gibson for a WOW award please. This officer worked in partnership with myself (Durham Council) and other partners to address the neighbourhood blight of dog fouling issues in the Consett locality. The initiative was so successful that the project is now being rolled out into other areas of Durham, where the Officer has received praise from her Superintendent. I would personally like to nominate Ms Gibson for the following reasons:- a) She is an absolute pleasure to work with and always on hand to give advice/a presence when required b) Ms Gibson volunteered to take the lead on the project, chasing up any outstanding actions and progressing the initiative c) She attended every public event and was on hand when the media arrived to provide statements/updates about the project d) She has involved multiple partnership working including the probation service to assist with clearing duties e) I understand that the Police are now utilising any offenders with a restorative justice approach to collect dog foul as part of their penance f) Residents are now taking the lead and clearing any existing dog foul themselves. Ms Gibson has created better community cohesion with cleaner streets g) Other projects have been developed by partners as a result of this initiative i.e dog chipping sessions which provided more publicity and free dog micro chipping sessions for residentsI hope this is sufficient to gain her some recognition. Thanks
Date: 14:52:37 26/02/14
41048. PC1502 Damien Stevens and PC1374 Anthony Burgess
Wish to nominate the above officers and their collegues who assisted with an eviction which took place on 29/01/14 in Willington, Co.Durham. They were very professional and helpful through out the eviction. I believe they all need a pat on the back for the way they conducted themselves and carried out their duties.
Date: 14:45:52 26/02/14
41020. PC 2475 Mark Pheasant
I would like to nominate PC Mark Pheasant for the support and care he has provided to me. I suffer from mental health problems and PC Pheasant is always kind and considerate when he deals with me when I need assistance.
Date: 13:04:22 31/01/14
41012. PC 112 Peter Giblin & PC 134 Gordon Brown
Just a quick thank you to two police officers involved in sorting out a relatively minor issue helping my 95 year old father who has been subjected to boiler-room scams. I e-mailed a request to contact a Community Police officer and within 5 minutes of sending the e-mail PC 112 Peter Giblin of the Incident Support Centre rang and listened to my issue, gave some really good advice and made arrangements for an officer to meet with me the following day. He was great, very professional and it was such a relief to share the problem with someone prepared to listen. The next day PC 134 Gordon Brown came to see me and went with me to meet with my father. He has excellent inter-personal skills and gave advice and support and overall re-assurance to both my father and me. He really is a great guy. He was extremely patient with my dad and helped us a great deal.
Date: 11:23:56 31/01/14
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