Awards for going beyond the call of duty

Police Superintendent Sarah Jackson has praised officers, staff and partners for their work to help people on the Isle of Wight.

Police officers, a Police Community Support Officer, a Detention Officer and a Forensic Nurse Practitioner were all recognised at the district commander’s awards ceremony at Newport Congregational Church Hall.

Chief Constable Commendations were awarded to Sergeant Mark Lyth, Detention Officer Rosina Hughes, PC Darin Young, PC Scott Cooper and Forensic Nurse Practitioner, Jane Danaher. These were all in respect of an incident on January 14, when three men were brought in having taken illegal drugs. The three officers and nurse administered medical aid far beyond what would normally be expected remaining calm and professional during a highly stressful situation. Their combined efforts saved the lives of two detainees and possibly a third.

PCSO Justin Keefe received a District Commanders Award for his attempts to rescue a distressed woman on the cliff edge at Freshwater Bay. He demonstrated outstanding skills in very difficult circumstances and managed to safeguard the life of the woman.

Sergeant Justin Pringle received a District Commanders Award for his work around Operation Sceptre, the national response to knife crime. The reduction in knife crime on the Island between April 2018 and April 2019 was significantly down to Sgt Pringle’s hard work.

Following the awards ceremony Superintendent Jackson said: “The work highlighted in these awards demonstrates the commitment and diligence of our officers, staff and partners. The recipients should all be proud of their achievements and the difference they have made to members of our community. I’d like to personally thank each and every one of them for their actions and contribution to our island.”