Police station hosts Commanders’ Commendation Ceremony
READING’S police officers, staff, and members of the public were among those commended at a commendation ceremony.
Last month, Reading police station, Castle Street, hosted the Commanders’ Commendation Ceremony which celebrated the work of those outside of the force as well as its staff.
Commendations are given in recognition of efforts to save the lives of others, apprehending offenders, and helping vulnerable members of the community.
Detective Constable Amy Hopes and police staff member Mark Heybourne were among three were commended for their work across three policing areas on an investigation into a series of burglaries.
Their efforts in liaising with witnesses and victims resulted in a six-year prison sentence for the offender.
PC Nathan Tingley, PC Kathryn Sharpe, PC Tullia Burgess, PC Ross Barrett, and a member of the public, Mr Robert Adshead, were commended for their quick thinking and bravery in their response to someone jumping from a bridge into the river.
Security staff at a shopping centre, Barry Smith, Viada Dumbravaite and Michael Opoku, were commended for their actions after helping a woman in distress.
PC Dave Bradbrook,
PC Sam Offord, and another officer were also commended for their calmness under pressure and decision-making after helping a woman in distress in a shopping mall.
Member of the public Michael Petch was recognised for his courage and quick response after he gave live-saving first aid to a man who had collapsed back in September last year.
PCSO Will Manuel was commended for his contribution to the community through his neighbourhood policing role, which sees him working with partners and building relationships with residents and business.
Detective Constable Nicole Jury was commended for showing exceptional levels of victim care through her investigations.
Reading local policing area commander, Supt Steve Raffield, said: “This event is a wonderful celebration to recognise the hard work and achievements of officers, staff and volunteers, as well as thanking those who go above and beyond.
“All the winners tonight should be very proud and it is my pleasure to thank you on behalf of Thames Valley Police and the wider community of Reading.”