Officers recognised for outstanding service

AWARDS have been given to police officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Durham Constabulary’s WOW awards ceremony was held at The Durham Centre on Mandale Industrial Estate at Belmont on Monday morning.

Sergeant Simon Warriner and Detective Sergeant Martin Willis won the ‘best customer service’ category for the sensitive and supportive way they dealt with a report of a man found hanged by his wife and children in Stanley last year.

DS Willis, who has been with the force over 20 years, said: “We work hard to do a huge amount for our community on a day-to- basis and to get that recognition is massively important. It is just about doing the right thing and what motivates me is making a difference for people who are in need.”

PC Lee Jackson, a father-of-two, who has been with the force for 16 years, won the Going That Extra Mile award for his work with the Consett Street Friends organisation, which helps keep people on safe on nights out in the town.

The 45-year-old, who is from the Consett area, said: “This means a lot to me as it is recognition from the people and members of the public I work with.”

WOW awards also went to PC Neil Ovington, PC Iain Robertson, PCSO Laura Haley, Darlington Police Volunteer Cadets and Safer Homes volunteers Ken and Margaret Ostle.

Sergeant Dave Clarke and his colleagues at South Moor picked up an award for Best Team for their efforts to help a disabled victim of crime get back on his feet by decorating his flat.

Sgt Clarke, a policeman with 20 years service, said: “It is a team effort and they do a lot of hard work in the community to make sure nobody is left behind.”

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