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Police are recognised for outstanding work in county

Police officers, staff, special constables, volunteers and members of the local community from across Chichester and Bognor Regis were recognised for their outstanding contribution to policing over the past year in an awards ceremony.


Award recipients from across the county were invited to the ceremony at Arundel Castle to receive their awards and acknowledge the achievements of their colleagues and members of the public.


Presentations were awarded by High Sheriff of West Sussex, Davina Irwin-Clark, and Chief Constable Giles York.


Officers recognised included Detective Constable Andrea Watts, who was praised for her dedication in the investigation of a large discovery of a container of drugs in Aldingbourne in May, 2017.


Andrea worked relentlessly on the investigation, analysing the exhibits seized from the container and arranging the search of the address of the suspects. Her dedication to the investigation on top of her daily caseload led to a man and woman being charged with money laundering and possession with the intent to supply class C drugs.


The pair were sentenced to a total of 12 years following a 12-day trial over the production of illegal steroids at the secret laboratory.


Special Constable Jake Sloane was commended for his dedication to mentoring his colleagues across Chichester and Worthing. His enthusiasm towards supporting, coaching and mentoring has led to an increase in officers being able to patrol within the local communities independently.


PC Rob Crombie was applauded for his calm manner when a man threatened to harm himself at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, in May, 2018. Rob acted swiftly and bravely, stepping in to prevent any harm to the man or other members of the public.


Chief Superintendent Jerry Westerman said: “It was wonderful to recognise some of the outstanding work that has taken place to make West Sussex the safest place it possibly can be. Police officers, police staff and members of the public have gone over and above what is expected of them, showing skill, determination, understanding compassion and bravery along the way.”

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