Police officers praised for their fight against crime

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Exceptional police officers from Eastbourne and beyond have been recognised for their achievements by Sussex Police during a recent ceremony.

Detective work in combating fraud and money laundering and an officer who regularly tweets were among 20 people thanked and congratulated for their contribution to policing at the force’s Slaugham training and conference centre.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Fowler said, “It was an opportunity to recognise the work of our officers and staff, and the contribution made by a partner agency. Several of the awards went to colleagues whose work is not personally publicised because of its sensitive but absolutely vital contribution to law enforcement and keeping our communities safe.

“I was very proud to be able to thank them all for their dedicated service.”

Amongst the recipients were Marion Trendell, Head of Social Care for Specialist Services at Sussex Partnership, who received a special award for her work in multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) and Detective Sergeant Sally Smith and detective constables Dave Foster, James Whiley, Valerie Henwood and Des Hamilton from the force’s Major Fraud Team for undertaking a complex investigation over the last two years in which victims suffered significant financial loss through highly organised criminal activity across national and international law enforcement jurisdictions.

DCS Fowler said, “The officers provided consistent excellence in tackling fraud against the national backdrop that fraud costs the UK £73 billion per year. Sally Smith has also provided sound leadership of the team for several years, chairs the Police South East Region Fraud Working Group, introduced systems for better assessments of fraud reports, and helped the introduction of the National Action Fraud reporting process to Sussex Police in December 2012.”

Sergeant Dan Eagle, based in the Eastbourne Custody Centre, was presented with his award for his hard work in helping raise awareness of the profile of custody work inside the force, and in the wider community by his Twitter account @SussexPoliceCus.

He also writes a Sussex Police People blog at http://www.sussex.police.uk/policing-in-sussex/the-organisation/who-we-are/sussex-police-people/dan-eagle/

Deputy Chief Constable Giles York, who presented the awards, said, “Some of our most valuable work is done by colleagues whose work is often unseen, and these awards remind us of the vital roles they play in protecting the public.

“It is also pertinent to recognise we do not police alone, but depend on partnerships to deliver the best service.”