At EMSOU’s annual awards event this week, we celebrated excellence achieved across our multi-disciplinary regional policing team.
Our collaborative unit’s refreshed rewards and recognition process incorporated eight new ‘Making a Difference’ awards, among Regional Deputy Chief Constable (DCC) Commendations.
More than 100 people attended the event, on Tuesday 12 December 2023, to see in excess of 70 individuals recognised for their exceptional work.
Of the 24 categories, a number of teams and individuals were rewarded for their efforts in fighting violent and serious and organised crime, both on the ground and online, resulting in massive drug and firearms seizures, millions in financial forfeitures, safeguarding of the most vulnerable and lengthy jail terms for offenders. Others were recognised for their dedicated service, professional conduct and innovation.
Chief Officers from across our five forces and EMSOU attended the event, along with representatives from offices of the region’s Police and Crime Commissioners, as well as the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire.
Among the winners, the Counter Terrorism Policing East Midlands (CTPEM) Investigations Team was crowned ‘Team of the Year’ for their excellent work on a number of high-profile CT investigations in the region this year.
DCC Commendations were also given to the team who secured 200 years of jail time for a gang who ploughed millions of Class A and B drugs into Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, the team who secured similar prison terms for a gang spanning four force areas who dealt Class A and B drugs in Leicestershire; the teams who worked on a number of drugs and firearms investigations in Nottinghamshire, the financial investigators who secured £4 million in ill-gotten gains from serious and organised criminals over the last year; as well as the team who caught the man responsible for the murder of a man in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, in 2020.
Others individually rewarded included two Prevent Officers for their anti-radicalisation work, a ‘role model’ in the Regional Organised Crime Unit and a manager for his leadership in the world of digital investigation. An Intelligence Researcher was also recognised for 40 years of Long Service across both Derbyshire Constabulary and Leicestershire Police, while ‘Police Staff of the Year’ went to a member of our Tackling Organised Exploitation (TOEX) team for her national influence.
Regional DCC Paul Gibson said: “I am incredibly proud to lead a collaboration of people and departments dedicated to handling such a high level of threat and risk across our region. From excellence in countering terrorism and tackling serious and organised criminals, to bringing justice for those who have been victim to the very worst violence, as well as providing that vital forensic detection in all of the above. These people work tirelessly and innovatively, often behind the scenes, in support of our forces in the broader and important aim of protecting the East Midlands communities from harm.
“I am delighted to see a broad range of individuals and roles acknowledged as truly making a difference to the safety of our communities, every single day.”