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Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Dedicated police officers who walk Redbridge’s streets, apprehend domestic violence abusers and target burglars have been recognised for their efforts.
Five officers who cover all manner of crimes and a member of support staff were nominated for the Met Police’s Excellence in Total Policing Awards 2014, making the borough one of the best represented at the ceremony.
Although they walked away empty-handed, their achievements were celebrated with a tea hosted by Redbridge’s mayor, Cllr Felicity Banks, on Thursday.
Det Sgt Michael Dougall was shortlisted for the Victim Care Award (individual) for his work with a victim of repeated domestic violence.
Thanks to the efforts of him and his team, the abuser was found, arrested and eventually pleaded guilty in court.
The detective, who has worked in Redbridge for two and a half years, was “delighted to be nominated”.
He said he hopes the case will show domestic violence sufferers that they can “speak to the police in confidence”. He added: “We worked tirelessly until he was apprehended.”
Special Sgt Jovita Kazakauskaite, 24, was shortlisted for the Special Constable of the Year Award after successfully stepping up as a special sergeant last year.
She will now become a regular officer after passing her assessments.
“I think it was a great achievement in itself,” she said,” And it was good to be recognised for all my work. I feel proud.”
The other nominees were acting Sgt Jake Sutton for Outstanding Reduction in Crime (individual), with a 25 per cent drop in the town centre areas he covers, PCSO Heidi Coupe-Wilson for PCSO of the Year, for her work combating anti-social behaviour, supporting vulnerable victims and participating in many volunteering activities, and Det Ch Insp Stewart Hill for Leadership of the Year, for reducing residential burglaries.
The borough had not seen a significant decrease in the crime for five years, but it fell by almost 12 per cent in 2012.
Non-residential burglary decreased by two per cent.
Management support employee Elicia Wisdom was nominated for the Police Staff of the Year Award.
Cllr Banks said: “I think it is very positive that we can actually put forward some of the good things that police officers have done to help the people of Redbridge.
“I was very happy to invite them here to add my congratulations.”