Police officers ‘deserve to feel extremely proud’
Commendations for tackling criminal damage, arson and theft cases
ceremony in Sulhamstead last Thursday (June 23).
A further 15 officers and staff are scheduled to be commended for their work on this case in the coming months.
During March and April 2015, a crime series of criminal damage emerged in High Wycombe during which graffiti was written on vehicles and vehicle windows were smashed.
In total 248 crimes were recorded during the offending period.
A joint investigation team, from the Local Policing Area, Force CID, Force intelligence and crime scene investigators, was established leading to the conviction of five men for these criminal damage offences, as well as other offences including arson and theft of a motor vehicle.
Commenting on the commendations, LPA Commander for Wycombe, Supt Ed McLean said: “This was an extremely complicated and difficult investigation in which my officers and staff worked tirelessly to catch and convict those responsible.
“Every officer and member of staff who have been and will be commended in connection with this investigation absolutely deserve recognition. Those commended provided reassurance and communication to the victims and communities affected, as well as ensuring that every line of enquiry was followed up which led to the conviction of the five offenders.
“Their contribution is an exceptional example of supporting the Force’s values to cut crime of most concern to our communities and taking pride in delivering a high quality service to the public.
“It is also important to recognise the communities that were affected by this criminal damage and the assistance residents provided to us to help identify the offenders and bring them to justice, such partnership working makes me proud to work for the police.”
Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: “I applaud the work and actions of everyone here today, with individuals going above and beyond to support and safeguard the public in very different ways.
“It always makes me feel proud to be in a position to give these Commendations.
“I am very grateful to every single person nominated, officers, staff and members of the public. They deserve to feel extremely proud for the recognition they have received.”
Pictured left to right are PCSO Nigel Flynn, PC Rob Howell, Staff Fran Stride, Sergeant Darren Mitchell and PC Andy Smith