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Police commend actions of the the public and staff at awards ceremony

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Bravery and outstanding work commended

Devon & Cornwall Police celebrated and commended staff and members of the public who carried out outstanding work and acts of bravery.

Those being recognised include members of the public who risked their own safety to rescue a lady who was about to fall off a roof, two teenage boys who witnessed criminal damage to a car and reported it to the owner which resulted in hefty fine for the offender, a police officer who went above and beyond the call of duty to support a victim of stalking which led to the suspect receiving a custodial sentence, lives saved following attempts of suicide and a PCSO taking extra care of a vulnerable adult regularly checking their welfare and making sure they got the care they needed.

There were also multiple recognitions for staff involved in the work being carried out in Newton Abbot to reduce anti-social behaviour in the town. There were increased reports of anti-social behaviour within the town which led to investigations to understand the issues involved. To prevent escalation a gang injunction was sought and issued in June 2018 supported by a new partnership approach by involving parents and working with other partner agencies and the community safety partnership. This is the first gang injunction to be issued outside of London. The primary aim is to safeguard the children involve and encourage them to get involved in positive activities and prevent the escalation of gang related activity.

In attendance at the ceremony was Chief Superintendent Keith Perkin who is the Commander for policing in South Devon. He said “These events allow us to thank all those who have shown outstanding commitment to the jobs they do. This also includes partner agencies such as paramedics & local authority staff.  We also get to thank and recognise the members of the public who have carried out heroic acts in saving lives. The awards this summer cut across a wide range of issues from saving people who attempted to take their own lives to children witnessing crime and helping bring an offender to justice. We also heard about how one PCSO really cared about a vulnerable person in the community and has helped her to receive the medical treatment she so desperately needed.”


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