Hard work and dedication recognised at Brighton and Hove divisional awards
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The hard work and dedication of officers, staff and volunteers has been commended at Brighton and Hove divisional awards. The awards, normally held as part of an event, have taken place virtually this year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Awards have been presented for a huge variety of impressive police work; from in-depth investigations to complex operations and impactful community engagement.
Fifteen officers have been presented awards for their roles in Operation Moonraker, an investigation into an organised crime group importing and distributing drugs from Southampton to Brighton in 2019. DI Dee Wells was commended for leading a team that prosecuted 19 individuals who were sentenced to 90 years imprisonment with seizures totalling 1.6 kilos of cocaine, 4.9 kilos of cannabis and £165,000 cash. Other officers were praised for their roles in gathering evidence using covert tactics and for financial investigator roles.
Sergeant Alec Barrett has been awarded for his work in coordinating operations to tackle knife crime across the city as part of Operation Safety. PS Barrett worked on days of action to reduce knife-related harm among local communities by raising awareness of the dangers of knife possession and through targeted activities. Between April 2020 and April 2021, a total of 222 arrests were made in connection with Op Safety surge operations in Brighton and Hove and 181 weapons were seized.
Sergeant Maria Skinner was awarded for her role in tackling anti-social behaviour in Brighton. PS Skinner has worked closely with partners to drive a multi-agency response to dealing with targeting offenders and preventing further offences from taking place. Over the past 12 months alone, 45 Community Protection warnings (CPWs) have been issued, 21 Community Protection Notices (21), and three Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs).
Fourteen Special Constables were praised for putting in a significant contributions made to policing. SC Alan Rankin-Thorn was recognised for his dedication during the Covid-19 pandemic, having completed 1617 hours service in 2020, with many deployments being in Brighton and Hove. SC Jamie Jackson was praised for his role in liasing with local bus services, helping to secure CCTV evidence of crimes that occurred on local buses and bus routes.
PC Christopher Murphy was commended for his outstanding work in tackling burglary. On 10 December Murphy was responsible for arresting a prolific burglar and bringing about a conviction for a string of offences. The following day, he tracked down another suspect, and secured a conviction for another separate offence.
Andrew Morley from the Estates and Facilities team has been awarded for his quick work in dealing with a significant water leak at John Street Police Station on 3 January. He delivered first the response and recovery to the incident, leading the team and contractors to ensure that the impact on frontline services had no impact upon our communities and going above and beyond what is expected.
Heather Van Dyke, who has worked for Sussex Police for over 25 years, was given an award for taking on additional responsibilities in the front office at John Street Police Station and ensuring her team deliver an excellent service to the community of Brighton and Hove.
Chief Superintendent Nick May said: "I am honoured and extremely proud to celebrate the outstanding work of our officers, staff and volunteers.
"Among those awarded are those who have carried out complex investigative work, fantastic heroics, and others who have gone above and beyond to look after their teammates.
"Each award demonstrates how determined and resilient all have been in doing their best for the people of this city. I hope these nominations help provide the public with insight into the brilliant achievements I am fortunate to witness on the division every single day.
"Our winners have demonstrated their commitment to keeping our communities safe and going above and beyond for the communities of Brighton and Hove."