National award for former Eastbourne officer

Di Roskilly and Irene Curtis
Di Roskilly and Irene Curtis

A Sussex Police superintendent who transformed a support group for women in policing and introduced mental health street triage to Eastbourne and the force has won a prestigious award from her staff association.

Superintendent Di Roskilly was presented with the President’s Award for Diversity at the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales (PSAEW) Annual Conference.

Supt Roskilly, who leads on neighbourhood policing in the East Sussex division of the force, is also chair of Evolve, the Sussex Police women’s network support group.

Under her leadership the group has increased work within the force to support women and other under-represented groups during promotion procedures, and also activity in relation to the menopause, fitness testing, part time and flexible working and maternity.

She has grown Evolve to become one of the strongest and most successful of the Sussex Network Groups and Evolve’s work on social media has brought followers from all over the world with an average reach of 31,500 people.

Supt Roskilly also led the Sussex work to introduce street triage to Eastbourne. She worked closely with partners, led the business case and was awarded one of the first pilots for triage.

In February 2015 street triage was introduced across Sussex, with outstanding results. The first three months saw a 78 per cent reduction in the number of people detained under S136 for the Mental Health Act being held in police custody.

All Sussex Police cells have been withdrawn as a place of safety for children and young people detained under S136, and Eastbourne custody has been fully withdrawn as a place of safety for adults as well as children.

Supt Roskilly said, “I am really pleased to be given this award. I hope the work I have led, and the police and mental health colleagues that have supported me in making it happen, have brought progress and pride to both Sussex and to Sussex Police, and helped to improve the service we provide to the communities we serve.”

Chief Superintendent Tony Blaker, chair of the Sussex Police PSAEW branch, who nominated her, said, “Di has not only been an excellent role model for her colleagues and peers but also an outstanding ambassador for the force.

“Her efforts have had a direct, tangible and lasting impact for many members of the public and policing partners.”

PSAEW president, Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis said, “I am incredibly impressed by Di’s dedication and commitment. Her outstanding work demonstrates perfectly the value of the police service in making a genuine difference to people’s lives.”

The President’s Awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, are given annually and are judged by the president and vice president of the association.

They recognise the achievements of Superintendents and Chief Superintendents and the contribution they make to policing.