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See full list of award winners at Suffolk police ceremony honouring dedication and long service

PUBLISHED: 13:06 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:41 16 March 2018

Suffolk Constabulary Chief Constable Gareth Wilson praised the winners. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Suffolk Constabulary Chief Constable Gareth Wilson praised the winners. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN


A Suffolk police constable who rescued a vulnerable woman from the North Sea was among those recognised for their heroism and long service at an awards ceremony this week.

More than 50 police officers and staff were honoured for their dedication at Suffolk Constabulary’s Martlesham headquarters on Wednesday.

The ceremony saw long service medals for 20, 40 and 50 years presented, as well as good conduct and Royal Humane Society awards, among others.

Attendees included Sir Michael Bunbury, Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk, and Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner.

During the ceremony, staff and officers were given Long Service Awards, with recognition of service spanning nine, 20, 40 and 50 years.

Chief Constable Gareth Wilson also presented a Certificate of Appreciation – an award for a civilian deemed worthy of special recognition – to Bernadette Manners, who was a drug intervention worker at Turning Point Drug Treatment Recovery Service prior to her retirement in October.

She worked to address addiction and substance misuse problems in Ipswich, moving individuals into treatment and away from offending behaviour. Royal Humane Society Awards included a presentation to Pc Stephen Vaughan who rescued a vulnerable woman from the sea of Lowestoft.

He entered the water in order to bring her to safety and his quick actions were credited rot helping the woman recover before specialist support arrived.

A new award recognising of 50 years’ service was presented to Michael Rainbird and Robin Soames.

Mr Rainbird’s career began with Suffolk Police Cadets in 1966. Today, he is a member of the Joint Major Investigation Team employed as a Civilian Enquiry Officer.

Mr Soames, joined the police in February 1968, retired in 1998, but began a new role that year as an adminstration assistant within transport services, before working as a vehicle recovery liaison officer from 2000 up until he recent retirement.

Mr Wilson said: “Whether receiving an award for a specific matter as a regular officer, special officer, or member of staff celebrating long service, together with members of the public, the night is a chance to come together with family, friends, and your policing family to be recognised for the very important role you have played in policing our communities.

“I would like to give my personal thanks to all the medal and award recipients present here today, for the valuable contribution that each and every one of you has made to the policing of this county.”

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore added: “It was a wonderful occasion and I send my congratulations to everyone who received an award.

“For me it is deeply humbling and gratifying there are so many people within the constabulary who do so much to keep us safe, above and beyond the call of duty.”

Award winners were:

Royal Humane Society Awards

• Miles Sillett

• Stephen Vaughan

The Queen’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medals: In recognition of 20 years’ service

• Rachael Adams

• Debra Bates

• Claire Connick

• Daniel Connick

• Lee Cudmore

• Julian Ditcham

• Jonathan Driver

• Andrew Fossey

• Matthew Gilbert

• Ian Hawker

• Mohammad Hussain

• Geoffrey Lucas

• Toni Manning

• Louisa Masterson

• Matthew Milton

• Richard Gareth Morgan

• Simon Mortimer

• Leon Mower

• Graham Newson

• Murray Osman

• Mark Pollikett

• Ian Rowland

• Elizabeth Seager

• Richard Shepherd

• Kim Shrubsall

• Claire Simons

• Lee Simons

• Holly Stranks

• Kim Warner

Special Constabulary Long Service and Good Conduct Medals: In recognition of nine years’ service

• David Cotterell

• Alison Jeffries

• Karl Murdoch

Police Staff Long Service Awards: In recognition of 20 years’ service

• Ruth Cude

• Norman Drew

• Fiona Harbron

• Alison Usher

• Kerry Hurle

• Gary Frederick Wallace

• George Waller

Long Service Award: In recognition of 40 years’ service to the Constabulary

• Mark Carpendale

Long Service Award: In recognition of 50 years’ service to the Constabulary

• Michael Rainbird

• Robin Soames

Chief Constable’s Certificate of Appreciation

• Bernadette Manners

Judges’ Commendations

• Steve Clarke

• Stuart Jeans

• Karl Nightingale

• Christopher Townrow

Certificate of Special Recognition

• Paul Goldsmith

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