Members of the public, police officers and police staff from the Adur & Worthing, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex districts have all been recognised for their outstanding contribution to policing over the past year. The ceremony took place on Monday (July 9) at Arundel Castle.
West Sussex Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Martin Walker said: “Today we honour officers, staff and members of the public who have acted above and beyond the call of duty, bringing peace and justice to the communities of West Sussex.”
In Arun, Police Constable Ben Collins received an award for outstanding courage after finding and challenging a man who then pointed a gun at him. PC Collins went on to save the man’s life after he tried to jump over a cliff. PC Collins said: “I joined the police because I wanted to do things that I wouldn’t normally come across in everyday life. I just did what I thought was right and what any other officer would have done.”
Amongst the certificates awarded to members of the public was Mr Shaun Hawes who showed outstanding courage and a sense of public duty after assisting two officers detain a violent man who had injured one of the officers with his actions.
Police Sergeant Christine Holyoake received an award for her motivation and commitment in delivering excellence in partnership for her work with local churches in the Arun district. PS Holyoake introduced ‘Redeeming Our Communities’ (ROC) which brings together local volunteers to support local projects within the community. Projects have included rough sleepers, early intervention and Arun Angels. As a result of PS Holyoake’s vision, a partnership was formed between ROC and Sussex Police resulting in ROC projects being rolled out across Sussex.
PS Holyoake said: “It’s an absolute privilege to be presented with this award. It’s so nice to be recognised for something so positive in the community.”
For Adur & Worthing Police Constables James Metcalf and Sian-Weston-Smith received an award for outstanding courage after saving a man who had attempted to take his own life by entering the sea at Worthing seafront in complete darkness.
Police Constable Kala Notton and police dog Watz showed outstanding front line support when attending an alarm call from the Co-op store in Felpham, Bognor Regis. Using search techniques the suspects were caught and after further enquires linked to a number of similar burglaries to Co-Op stores across the South of England.
PC Notton said: “This is fantastic recognition for police dog Watz. It’s the dog that gets the results, I just get him there.”
Special Constable Richard Harris from the Horsham district received an award for outstanding public service. The requirement of a special constable is to complete 16 hours on duty per month. SC Harris regularly averages over 45 hours a month and some months has worked in excess of 100 hours, the highest in the force.
Richard’s regular police officer colleagues said: “Richard is the most dedicated and motivated special constable I have ever worked with.” and “Richard has been a massive asset to our team over the past few months.”
Presentations were made by Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke, High Sheriff of West Sussex for Divisional Congratulations for Crime and Operations; by Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council for Divisional Congratulations for Neighbourhood Policing; and by Deputy Chief Constable Giles York for Divisional Congratulations and Certificate of Merit.
In his closing address Deputy Chief Constable Giles York said: “It gives me great pleasure to listen to accounts where members of the public and partners are involved, it shows you don’t have to be in the police to deliver the police service and we have seen that here in West Sussex. To the officers who have received awards it is with great thanks with the humility you do this and serve Sussex.”