High praise for drugs of­fi­cers

Macclesfield Express - - NEW YEAR’S HONOURS LIST -

PO­LICE of­fi­cers and staff in­volved in a crack­down on the sale of Class A drugs in the town have won an award for their work.

Op­er­a­tion Dizi was launched in the sum­mer of 2013 in a bid to tackle the sup­ply of co­caine, heroin and cannabis.

The crack­down, led by Sgt An­drew Bur­den, who has since re­tired, cul­mi­nated in 70 ar­rests and 28 con­vic­tions to­talling 33 years in prison.

The five month op­er­a­tion also re­moved drugs worth £22,000 from the streets, as well as weapons such as a stun gun and meat cleaver.

Of­fi­cers and staff are com­mended for this work at the Chief Con­sta­ble’s Awards cer­e­mony.

Else­where, an award for In­di­vid­ual Con­tri­bu­tion to Polic­ing was made to Spe­cial In­spec­tor Peter Lus­combe.

He joined the Spe­cial Con­stab­u­lary in 2005 and was made Spe­cial in­spec­tor for Mac­cles­field in 2010.

In­spec­tor Steve Grif­fiths, who nom­i­nated SI Lus­combe, said: “The com­mit­ment and en­thu­si­asm shown by SI Lus­combe is ex­em­plary as he man­aged up to 30 vol­un­teers to a high stan­dard. His en­thu­si­as­tic work ethic vis­i­bly mo­ti­vates his staff.”

Re­ceiv­ing the same award was me­dia of­fi­cer Shel­ley Smith, who was com­mended for ex­cel­lence in com­mu­ni­ca­tions, in par­tic­u­lar for the mur­der trial of Zain Sails­man.

Chief Con­sta­ble Si­mon Byrne said: “Th­ese awards evenings pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of our of­fi­cers and staff, and this one was no ex­cep­tion.

“So of­ten their work, of­ten in ex­tremely test­ing cir­cum­stances, is taken as part of the job for an of­fi­cer or staff mem­ber, but they de­serve to be cel­e­brated.

“It al­ways gives me great plea­sure to hear of the of­ten re­mark­able en­deav­ours of Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary’s of­fi­cers and staff, and it is right that we ap­plaud and thank them for their ef­forts.”

●● Spe­cial In­spec­tor Peter Lus­combe

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