In 2018, we held our second annual awards ceremony recognising the outstanding contributions of officers, staff, Specials, volunteers and cadets.
Safer Cambridgeshire Policing Awards 2018
The evening, hosted by TV personality Penny Lancaster, was held at Burgess Hall in St Ives and included food, drinks, music and presentations of awards by the Chief Constable, the Police and Crime Commissioner and award sponsors.
Nine companies and organisations, including close partners of our force, have helped fund the evening through donations.
The event also raised £984 for the charity Mind, as chosen by staff, through a raffle of prizes donated by the award sponsors and companies the force has worked with over the past 12 months, as well as a special prize donated by Rod Stewart.
Attendees heard stories of exceptional performance, professionalism and commitment and rewarded those who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty to help protect the people of Cambridgeshire.
2018 award winners
- Grand Prix award – Chief Constable's employee of the year and Marshall Commitment to Outstanding Leadership award
Winner: Detective Sergeant Andrew Gaunt-Warner
Andrew is a great motivator who works extremely hard. As a line manager he is supportive, flexible and a joy to work for.
- Princebuild Team of the Year Award
Winner: Police Service Centre
The staff within the department have consistently worked to ensure that the public of Cambridgeshire receive the best service possible. 96.51% of calls were answered within 30 seconds throughout 2017 and abandonment rates fell to an all-time low of less than 5%.
- Black MarbleCommitment to Safeguarding Award
Winner: Adult Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit
The team has developed its expertise in a particularly specialist area of policing that often goes unnoticed. The AAISU deals daily with victims and offenders with very complex needs, and works closely with partners to protect some of the most vulnerable in our community.
- Police Federation Police Officer of the Year Award
Winner: Police Constable Jess Farchica
Jess drives and motivates the team around her and for that reason the organisation is all the richer. Her enthusiasm has been evident from day one and her professionalism abounds.
- Reed Business Support Police Staff Employee of the Year Award
Winner: Tiff Bignell
In a short space of time Tiff has flourished to become an effective, sympathetic and fun manager who strives to support the individual and the organisation alike. She has built an excellent sense of 'team'.
- Investigator of the Year Award
Winner: Detective Constable Karin Peters
Karin continues to exhibit a passion and enthusiasm for the work she does and is one of Cambridgeshire Constabulary's most valued investigators thanks to her first-class victim care, sharp investigative mind and exceptionally high standards of investigation.
- Blast! Films Special Officer of the Year Award
Winner: Special Sergeant Gareth Davies
Gareth spends an average of 45 hours per month volunteering as a Special officer for the force. His commitment and dedication is reflected not only in the fact he is the only force football spotter, but in his training and support of new Special recruits, which has had a positive impact on every new starter.
- Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce Police Community Support Officer of the Year Award
Winner: PCSO Rachel Martin
Rachel has been tireless in her work to deal with child safety and youth related anti-social behaviour. She has provided innovative interventions for those at risk of being drawn into drug use and offending, and overall has made a huge difference to the lives of young people in Cambridgeshire.
- Cambridge Regional College Cadet of the Year Award
Winner: Kyron Tibbles
Kyron has not missed a single Cadet session and has shown a passionate commitment to being a strong role model. When volunteering in the community he is always a firm favourite, his caring nature shining through.
- Volunteer of the Year Award
Winner: Andrew Wilcox
Andrew demonstrates commitment, dedication and significant achievements as a volunteer for the constabulary in helping deliver the force delivery plan, while demonstrating our mission, vision and values.
- Cambridge Assessment Student Officer of the Year Award
Winner: Police Constable Paul Littlechild
Paul has shown tenacity to meet the needs of not only the organisation but the team that works alongside him. Demonstrating skills beyond his level of service, he has developed quickly into a confident police constable.
- Commitment to Health and Wellbeing Award
Winner: Police Constable Trina Senese
Trina has gone above and beyond by voluntarily taking on extra roles, actively supporting people who have been struggling with mental health problems. She is now responsible for the administration of new Champions, and has also set up coffee mornings and events in her own time, showing her commitment and drive.
- Unsung Hero Award
Winner: Tara Langwade
Tara has taken on responsibilities outside of her role, including those of other officers. She ensures all officers are updated with intelligence and information, keeps police systems up to date, disseminates intelligence and liaises with numerous other agencies and forces.