64 Sussex Police staff received awards at a special ceremony held to celebrate their outstanding achievements and contributions to serving the public.
During the ceremony on January 19th, awards were given to those who have shown exceptional bravery and their long term commitment to the force.
Police community support officer Tara Reid received a Chief Constable’s Commendation for the support she provided to a vulnerable homeless adult who was being attacked by a group of youths.
While off duty, she discovered the victim and found he had been stabbed. PCSO Reid provided emergency first aid and safeguarded him from further harm until additional support arrived.
Detective constable Andrew Roe received a Chief Constable Commendation following the sentencing of 65-year-old Neville Crouch from Preston, who was jailed for a total of 26 years in 2020 for a number of sexual assaults against children in the Littlehampton and Goring-by-Sea areas during the 1980s and 1990s.
DC Roe was praised for his tenacity and ability to engage with people during a highly complex investigation, spanning five decades and different counties. The judge formally commended DC Roe for his investigative diligence and hard work, supporting victims to give evidence and relive harrowing events which took place many years ago.
DC Roe said, “I’m proud to have given those who had suffered the most horrendous abuse a platform to speak at court; ensuring that Neville Crouch will never again be in a position to take somebody’s childhood from them. I was well supported by my department and by my counterparts in Lancashire Police who assisted me with the case.
“A special thanks must go to Moira Tierney from the Sexual Offences Investigation Team who scrutinised and helped prepare court paperwork to ensure the best case was put forward. I’m thankful for the bravery shown by the victims and witnesses and the trust they put into the process and Sussex Police.”
Louise Crawford also received a Chief Constable Commendation in recognition of her passion and enthusiasm as HeforShe Programme Manager. Louise was integral in the development of the first annual report into gender equality within policing and established a legacy whereby police leaders across England and Wales are held accountable in relation to gender equality within their organisations.
Louise said, “I am so proud to work for Sussex Police and be a part of the HeForShe movement. Gender equality is such an important topic for policing and a huge amount of work has been done to address gender imbalances within policing. For Sussex Police, achieving a place on The Times Top 50 Employers for Women was evidence of this. We are passionate about creating an inclusive culture, removing barriers to progression and having a workforce that is representative of our communities; the HeForShe movement has provided policing with a platform to engage all of the workforce in discussions on gender equality and accelerate change.”