British Association for Women in Policing 

BAWP 8th Annual Awards

BAWP 8th Annual awards took place on the 11th November 2014 at The Holiday Inn, Stratford-upon Avon, Warwickshire.


Click on award category to find out more about each award winners:

Finally, we would like to thank our speakers and our sponsors for making the luncheon memorable.

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Please click here to check out last year's winners! BAWP Awards 2013  

Special Recognition 

sponsored by BT



Debi Potter

‘Her commitment to the union and representation of police staff, women in particular, has been nothing short of exemplary’

Debi has worked for Dorset Police Service for 25 years and throughout that time has taken every opportunity to support and represent police staff both at a local and a regional level. She is proud ambassador of the police service and inspiration to all women. She has worked in the control room, as a senior station desk officer, a divisional resources manager and a special constable.  Her additional work achievements are extensive. In all these areas Debi’s priority, in a male dominated organisation, is always to support and develop women. They include;

  • Chief Officer special constabulary for Dorset for five years dealing with restructure of the Special constabulary of Emergency services internet banking, mobile data for SC supervisors, revision of airwave allocation to assist probationary officers and body armour issues for female specials.
  • First female Chair of the Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers.
  • Set up a disability forum with  external stakeholders
  • Established a first response scheme for deaf people
  • Running the HQ social club fund
  • Force mentor
  • Qualified mediator used within the Force    

 Debi is also very much committed to her community where is an ambassador for the force. She was the first police staff co-chair of Dorset Action for Women network; a role normally held a police officer. She has also been chair of Dorset Area Resource Centre Liaison Committee for several years and a Trustee for Bournemouth Society for the Visually Impaired. Since 2000 she has been Branch Secretary of UNISON and also established herself as a leader in the region as the Regional Convenor as well many other roles.

Debi has made every effort to further her support of women through UNISION structures. Her commitment to the union and representation of police staff, women in particular, has been nothing short of exemplary. Debi Potter absolutely deserves special recognition.


Special Recognition

Gareth Wrigley


‘Gareth had made a significant contribution to the advancement of women in this traditionally male dominated area of policing and is worthy of recognition for his achievement’.

 Since its formation in the 1990s, only 11 female officers have joined or attempted to the Cheshire Police Armed policing unit. On his appointment as Firearms training manager in November 2012, Gareth Wrigley, immediately recognised that the situation he inherited, with three female officers out of a total of 79 authorised firearms officers, needed to be addressed. His first action was to design a questionnaire about the reasons that officers had not or would not consider firearms as a desirable career path.

Gareth then designed a programme to address these issues. In order to achieve this, he had to gain the support of senior officers to allow the release of staff to attend development sessions, overcome resistance with the Armed Policing Unit itself and secure the funding required. Gareth's programme was launched on International Women's day 2013 and provided female officers with an opportunity to:

  • Meet and talk with current female and male AFOs
  • Main experience of the equipment and fitness levels required for the role
  • Have an opportunity to fire a selection of the weapons
  • Receive information and discuss the way in which they would be supported following a shooting and
  • Discuss the role of the armed policing unit with senior officers

The programme ran throughout 2013 and attracted over 80 female officers (up to and including the rank of superintendent) with the feedback about the events being universally positive. Gareth followed up the events with personal contact with each of the officers who indicated that, as a result of attending, they would consider applying for a role within the unit at the next opportunity. He kept them regularly updated about development of the selection process and when, the advert was released, ensured that they were all aware of it and offered his support in addressing any issues or concerns they had.

Analysis of previous application processes for the unit shows that typically, no more than five percent of applicants were female. On this occasion, 43 percent of applicants (15 out of 35) were female and, once the initial selection process were completed, eight of these (out of the 14 successful candidates ) have moved to the next stage of the process, which will be completed in February 2014.





Dedicated to: PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

‘It is testament to Colette’s level head and quick thinking that kept both herself and the male safe’



 PC Colette Stoner

'It is testament to Colette’s level head and quick thinking that kept both herself and the male safe'

On 28th November 2012 PC Colette Stoner was called to an address in Caterham, to deal with a report of a burglary. On her arrival Colette had been allowed entry by the male occupant of the house, and was shown through to the living room. The male followed Colette into the room where he then stood blocking the doorway. He then closed the living room door, produced a knife and told Colette to remove her kit belt.

Colette pressed her emergency button, transmitting one clear sentence, ‘put the knife down’. The command was given three times a without response, so drew her gas and deployed it. One first attempt the gas did not work, so it had to be deployed again. This had the desired effect and the male bent forward in pain. Seizing her chance Colette moved quickly towards the male, managing to pin him against the door frame facing away from her. Colette was able to control the male, and get to the front door of the property.

Colette was holding the male against the front door on her colleagues arrival, despite all the suffering with the effects of CS gas, between them they managed to open the door, remove the knife from the scene and assist Colette in handcuffing the male and keeping him calm until the other officers arrived.

During the subsequent interview, the male stated it had been his intention to hold a police officer hostage so that armed officers were sent to the address.

It is testament to Colette’s level head and quick thinking that kept both herself and the male safe. It was a very difficult situation, which Colette dealt with calmly and appropriately, despite being under extreme pressure and threat. Her actions undoubtedly prevented a major incident.

When this was discussed with Colette, she said wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about she just did her duty, and she would only go to the award ceremony if was to represent all of Surrey Police. 


Bravery  -  Highly Commended 


Off-duty PC Sara Widdrington was with her son shopping in Tesco on Westwood in Scarborough. While at the checkout she noticed a man holding a black pistol and pointing it towards the cashier who was serving her. The man had a blank expression on his face and the terrified cashier at PC Widdrington before running away.

With the store busy with customers, PC Widdrington feared for the safety of those around her and ran around the checkout area and grabbed the man’s left hand, which was holding the pistol. She managed to lower his arm so the gun was now pointing to the ground.  She asked the man to drop the gun but he replied, ‘No, get off, it’s loaded’.

As PC Widdrington held the man’s arm, she could tell the gun was heavier than a ‘BB’ gun and told her son to leave the shop. She then quietly asked a member of staff to call the police. As the customers looked on, frozen with fear, the man asked for money. To buy time, PC Widdrington told the man she would get him the money and food and continued to restrain him for three or four minutes until a male member of staff walked up behind the man. He silently mouthed, ‘shall we get him down’ and PC Widdrington mouthed, ‘yes’. She then kicked the man’s legs, taking him to the floor and was able to restrain him until the police arrived.





 Community Service

Sponsored by: E-CINS

Hazel Brady  



'Hazel’s zest for life and public service remains undiminished. She is an inspiration to all those who meet her as you cannot remain unaffected by her boundless energy and her ‘can do’ attitude'


Hazel Brady has 22 years Police Service and has been Inspector Community Safety for three years in the Police Service of Northern Ireland. County Down region covers a large geographical area of rural and urban communities with approximately a quarter of a million culturally diverse residents. In the last year Inspector Brady has been the driving force behind several District projects which focuses on community needs and have positive outcomes. Projects such as the, ‘Positive Female Role/Football Engagement Initiative, which had Inspector Brady as the driving force behind the project.  This was an innovative cross cultural project which facilitated engagement and mentoring between young school girls and front line female police officers. Inspector Brady also championed ‘C District secured’, which is a project, aimed at securing the homes of victims of domestic violence and elderly victims of crime.  Feedback from victims has been that this system helps them feel safer in their own homes and reduces the fear of crime.

In September 2013, Inspector Brady secured funding from four Police & Community Safety Partnerships across the District to deliver 4 week internet safety drama and workshop addressing sexting, online grooming, cyber bullying, teenage suicide and online gaming. This initiative was attended by over 12,000 secondary school pupils. Inspector Brady has led the way in highlighting the  hidden issue of Human Trafficking a her tireless work has led to a PSNI Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Conference, which had over fifty people in attendance from statutory and non-statutory agencies, and which raised internal  and external awareness of this heinous crime. Inspector Brady is a real asset to PSNI.

She genuinely cares for the most vulnerable people in the District and tries her very best to promote projects which are focused on victims needs and which a make a difference to vulnerable people.  Hazel makes a difference to her community both in and outside of work and this is why the PSNI were proud to nominate her for this award. 


Community Service - Highly Commended


 'it was Suzie’s passion and determination that has seen this project come to fruition’.

PS Suzie Mitchell was involved is a missing persons enquiry where an elderly vulnerable lady with dementia went missing for a five-day period. Miraculously she was found alive and well but it was with sheer luck she was found by a PCSO on patrol. Suzie began to explore possible solutions to reducing the number of vulnerable adults reported as missing. Linking in with Chichester Careline, she identified a GP’s locator devices known as MINDME that they have been trying to introduce but without success. Passionate about improving the service that Sussex Police could offer to vulnerable adults and their families she began to seek ways to fund and implement a trial of MINDME devices in Chichester area.  Often working on the project alongside her day job Suzie first canvassed the local community posting a question on Facebook. She received many messages supporting the introduction of a device. Spurred on she managed to gain funding for the purchases of six units and the trial began. It was resounding success. Currently Chichester Careline has over 200 devices in circulation across the South coast corridor. Brenda Jackson from Careline says, ‘it was Suzie’s passion and determination that has seen this project come to fruition’.

A/Inspector Harvey says, ‘research shows that families have been able to track their relatives on over 4000 occasions in a three month period. The GPS device affords the family, carer and the vulnerable adult themselves peace of mind as they can remain dependent with the added comfort of being able to located should they not return home or leave their home without this being realised’.

MINDME is now going to be introduced throughout Sussex. Further funding has enabled the purchase of additional devices and its use will be reflected in force policy. Suzie is now corresponding with 41 other forces that are all expressing great interest.

This is undoubtedly a project that can go from strength to strength with Suzie pushing it forward with consistent commitment, passion and focus on service to others. Suzie should be recognised for this work.





Police Staff Achievement

sponsored by Unison

PCSO Guinnie Mooneesawmy

‘she is the best PCSO that they have worked with, everyone thinks that she is a pleasure to work with her and the MPS have an excellent role model in her, she is an ambassador to the service and fully deserves this nomination’.

Guinnie started her career within the Metropolitan Police Service as a PCSO in September 2003 longest serving PCSO's on the OCU. Since she was posted Richmond Guinnie set out to adopt the town centre and has succeeded in doing so. She has introduced the town link radio system which is used by and its it has played a massive part of reducing crime. She has organised the Business Watch Scheme and also Pub Watch.  A typical day for Guinnie would be arrive to work and within 30 minutes she be out in the town centre. She is on first name terms with all the shop keepers which again is something that sets her apart from most.

Guinnie has been responsible identifying suspects acting suspiciously and has resulted in several cash seizures of which was the highest cash seizure on the OCU. It is not unusual for her to generate 2-3 arrests per day. On one occasion Guinnie was assaulted by a female and her male partner. She was attacked and wire cord was wrapped around her neck and she was thrown to the ground with the suspect pinning her to the ground. Not only did she break free but detained the male until other officers arrived and two arrests were made. Guinnie completed her notes and was back out in patrol in order to police her town centre. It has been requested that Guinnie works 24-7 as they feel that that they have the support of the MPS when is on patrol. Guinnie's enthusiasm, professionalism and appetite to patrol is admired by many. Her knowledge of the ward is second to none and because of her skills, probationers and experienced police officers joining the SNT have been posted out with her. This officer has achieved the highest amount of arrests than any other SNT officer on the borough. The SNT that Guinnie is a part of are grateful that they are in a team with her as it is deemed that she is the best PCSO that they have worked with, everyone thinks that she is a pleasure to work with her and the MPS have an excellent role model in her, she is an ambassador to the service and fully deserves this nomination.


Police Staff Achievement - Highly Commended

Sarah Wood


‘She is highly talented individual who could easily secure a much more senior position given her skills, abilities and attitude but she remains in her role because she is passionate about aims and objectives for SWDF’.

Sarah was originally employed as an administration/co-ordinator, a role she performed to the highest standard ensuring that all meetings were well attended, accurately minuted and most importantly that all her actions were completed. She used network contacts and her engaging personality to persuade workshops providers to give the lowest rate charges, thus enabling us to deliver a wide range of Development Programmes to hundreds of women in the service of all ranks and grades. 

In order that Scottish Women’s Development Forum could provide a high quality website, she learned the new skill of web creation. She used network connections to obtain the services of a web designer free of charge. He was impressing by the speed at which she developed the necessary skills and sent comments expressing the skill.

What makes Sarah exceptional the fact that despite no change in grade or salary she has taken on the responsibility and developed the skills of a role several grades higher. It is not an exaggeration to say that without Sarah the SWDF would have folded in the last few months. This is because with the change in culture in Police Scotland it has become increasingly difficult for staff to dedicate any time to SWDF responsibilities and many staff have become afraid to speak out Sarah has boldly spoken out and ensured that SWDF are now consulted regarding policy development.  She co-ordinates consultation, and very often draft replies for others to then comment upon as they lack knowledge or time to draft themselves. In particular her tenacity ensured that comments were incorporated into important equality policy including flexible working, maternity leave and equality monitoring. Indeed without Sarah supporting and assisting to pressurise Police Scotland, many policies would be finalised without Equality Impact Assessments. She is business like and very persuasive and receives many compliments about her work ethic. Sarah is dedicated to gender equality and views her role as vocation.


Police Staff Achievement - Highly Commended

Julye Tysoe


‘…setting leadership example for quarter of a century’

Joining the service as an enquiry officer following RAF service. Julye’s commitment and dedication were recognised very quickly by managers and she was recruited into the control room as an operator. Her drive and determination to serve the front line officers her customers and therefore vicariously the public has been unwavering since. Her leadership abilities led to promotion in 2003. Her dedication to ensure the best possible service is infectious and consequently her team have consistently outperformed other colleagues, with 999 call rates being well above the required national minimum ensuring a speedy police response to those that most in need. She is unerring in ensuring the right resources are devoted to those most in need in our community and that a quality and appropriate services is delivered across the whole of the county 24 hours a day. Internally, she quietly demonstrates pride in identifying staff she has assisted in promotion, the majority being female colleagues who have made their way with her help. In doing so she has readdressed the imbalance of gender in leadership roles.

Her knowledge of systems and processes in unparalleled and she is recognised as the go to expert in all areas of running the police control room. She is on the National Working Group for Airwave. She is tireless in her dedication to the role, often changing shifts and volunteering for duties at very short notice, in the same selfless way she has always done, and setting leadership example for quarter of a century. She has acquired two commendations for her work, one of which she was nominated for by her team rather than managers. Although her direct impact on policing the communities of Wiltshire cannot be firmly evidenced because her support role, it is also immeasurable for the same reasons. 









Excellence in Performance

sponsored by Police Federation England and Wales


Clare Creswell







Sponsored by College of Policing

Jeanette Richards

‘Jen positively influences others in so many different ways’


Joe Truselle nominated Jeanette Richards for the leadership award. Joe has worked under her leadership for five years, during which Joe says she has found her to be the most incredible role model within West Midlands Police (WMP).


It is felt Jen is an exceptional 'critical friend' - if anyone goes to her with an idea, she'll welcome them into her office and ask them to explain the idea more objectively (being critical but helping to develop the idea in a fair and friendly manner). Jen positively influences others in so many different ways and is keen to work with partners for the benefit of local communities. She has been acknowledged for her exceptional partnership working with the Wolves Kickz football project. In January 2012 Jen was awarded the 'Outstanding Police Contribution Award' at a national level for all of the support she has given them in promoting the scheme, being the driving force between WMP endorsing the scheme and helping them to secure £20,000 funding. Jen hasn't been moved from her post as Neighbourhood Policing Manager in over 6 years, and that says everything. She has been driving force behind the productivity of hundreds of staff, to be recognised as the LPU's ' best performing sector' time and time again.


In February 2013, Jen was diagnosed with breast cancer within a few weeks was booked straight in for surgery. Surprisingly (or not surprisingly for Jen) she remained at work right up until the last minute before her operation. Despite having major surgery there hasn't been many days that staff didn't hear from Jen and whilst she hasn't been so well herself, she has personally  carried out welfare visits on staff whilst they were ill - this is without doubt 'going that extra mile'. Throughout the time she has been ill, she has made it clear to everyone that she is only at the end of her telephone and contactable 24/7 via her email and still wanted to be able to support her staff.


She has been outstanding style and is credit West Midlands Police, the WMAWP and the BAWP. In November 2013 Jen was the winner of WMAWP 2013 leadership award and she is worthy of being recognised at national level.



Leadership - Highly Commended

Pauline Shields

‘She stands out as a role model for other women who aspire to senior command within the Police in the UK’.

Pauline has spent the majority of her 27 years’ service in operational roles, the past 10 years  have involved Chief inspector, Superintendent and chief Superintendent in counties Armagh, Tyronne and Fermanagh, balancing challenges such as operational command at the locus of serious disorder with initiating outreach to engage and build confidence and support with previously hostile communities. Pauline displayed outstanding leadership as Ops Superintendent dealing with the aftermath of traffic collision killing four young officers and a short time later the murder of the first PSNI Constable in her District. This continued as Pauline assumed Command of F District in late 2010. A few months into her tenure a second PSNI Constable murdered by terrorists. DCC Judith Gillespie summarised the challenge of managing this harrowing experience, ‘Pauline’s leadership, resilience, sensitivity and resolve significantly helped and supported colleagues’.

Pauline simultaneously led strategic service projects; reviewing the police estate to successfully manage consultation to close over 50 stations and introducing £14 million mobile data project to deliver an extra operational hour per officer per shift. Her ACC, Dave Jones reflected, ‘I was constantly impressed by her leadership, business acumen and caring approach, illustrated in her policing one of the most difficult operating environments within the UK and still delivering increasing community confidence, reducing crime and ASB, tackling the terrorist threat whilst inspiring  her staff through her work ethic, empathy and sheer dedication’.

In November 2012, the Prime Minister announced the 2013 G8 Summit would be hosted in Enniskillen. ACC George Hamilton said, ‘Pauline was appointed, without hesitation as the primary silver commander’. She carefully and diplomatically managed peers who were leading other work streams. ACC Mark Hamilton was a peer during the event, ‘Chief Superintendent Shields displayed outstanding leadership skills. She negotiated beyond her authority, provided guidance and motivation to her peers and commanded the respect of her officers and the international partners directly contributing to the most peaceful G8 in recent memory and showcasing the PSNI on the world stage.  Ian Proud, Chairman of the G8 Presidency Group saying, Chief Superintendent Shield proved herself a model of leadership in policing, community engagement and stakeholder management. She stands out as a role model for other women who aspire to senior command within the Police in the UK.


Sponsored by Springboard Consultancy  

PS Kelly Rooke

‘…Kelly is a true asset, to Cheshire Constabulary and is making a significant contribution to helping others to being the ‘Best they can be…’


Kelly Rooke has consistently demonstrated personal commitment and leadership in developing and mentoring others. She has personally mentored female colleagues who are PCSO’s and special constables. Kelly has designed and delivered training sessions for special constables both to help improve their policing skills. Alongside this Kelly has given her own time to support others practice for the police part 2 promotion exams. In doing so she has provided constructive feedback to colleagues who are often of the same rank as herself. Kelly has been instrumental in leading the way in reinvigorating Cheshire Women’s Network. She has forged a core group of women who are now working together to re-establish an active and thriving network of women. There is no doubt that Kelly is the foundation of this group and through her active participation, encouraging innovation and engendering wider support and engagement in the network.

This is obvious through the many activities that Kelly is pioneering. She has been the driving force behind the recent Network’s development day ‘Being the best you can be’, at the time of considerable difficulty in her personal life. She has a very inclusive approach and made sure male colleagues, the other networks in constabulary and women’s networks in the neighbouring forces were included. She was quick to recognise the skills and confidence gaps in the new core members in the network. Using her connections in the force, she organised mentor/coaching to be provided to raise competence of the core members and enabled them to feel empowered to give advice and guidance to others. She has taken this further and now established a more structured mentoring scheme for women to participate as mentors. Her commitment to development is not limited to the police service. She has been instrumental in getting a female volunteer to support the administration of the network. Kelly is also volunteering herself as part of a mentoring programme to guiding young school girls in a socially deprived area. Her enthusiasm and drive is infectious.


Mentoring - Highly Commended

Sponsored by Springboard Consultancy  

Christine Edwards


Christine is an Inspector with the Ministry of Defence Police. She has carried out two tours of duty to Helmand, Afghanistan at the Police Training centre in Lashkar Gah. Here she was the Head of Police Training, responsible for the development and supervision of delivery of training courses for Afghan National Police Officers as well as managing a team of ten UK Police Trainers and four Danish police officers. This highly demanding role was carried out in a high pressured environment working alongside British military and Afghan National Police colleagues. In particular there were the additional pressures of all male students and the non-recognition of female status within the Afghan culture. Since January 2013, Chris has been seconded to the European Policing Mission in Afghanistan and working at the Police Staff College in Kabul. Her role here is to train Senior Afghan in leadership and management an also train and mentor Afghan trainers in order that they can take on the role later. It was in this group that Christine identified the issues with attendance of female our officers on these courses. If they did attend it would be in minimal numbers, they would be isolated and would not take part in the class interactions. As a result, Christine designed and developed a leadership and personal development course for female Afghan police officers. As a licensed Springboard and Springforward trainer in the UK, Christine sought guidance from the Springforward Consultancy with the view to utilising some of the training material from the Springboard within the course. Despite this resistance Christine persevered with the course and eventually the pilot course was delivered in September 2013 to nine females. The course was delivered by Christine and her UK colleague. A female Afghan trainer shadowed the training for personal development and to enable future sustainability of the course. A female language officer was also utilised. This was a first time a course of this nature was conducted in Afghanistan. A course for females run by females. The feedback received from the course was extremely positive.   





Contribution to International Policing

Sponsored by: The UK Stabilisation Unit


Inspector Christine Edwards

Chief Inspector Avrina Montgomery

Sue Frank






Lifeline Achievement  

Sponsored by LadyCare

Yvonne Rhoden

‘Yvonne Rhoden is truly a force of nature that has made her mark on all those she worked with…’.


Yvonne Rhoden MBE has recently retired from the Metropolitan Police Service. In a career spanning 30 years she has been an outstanding police officer and bee instrumental in changing national and international policy in relation to domestic violence, honour based violence and female genital mutilation. As one of the first black female officers to retire after 30 years’ service she has also been an exceptional role model and mentor. It is impossible to summarise such a rich career in a few paragraphs, but here some highlights.

Her first posting was to an inner North East London division in the mid-1980’s, not an easy posting for young black woman at the time the MPS were responding to the aftermath of the riots and Scarman report.  Whilst her obvious ability and professionalism meant she worked well with most colleagues she unfortunately found a number of racially offensive items left in her tray. She used her obvious detective ability to identify the individual she thought responsible and attended that team’s parade where she returned to offending items to the officer, in front of his supervisors and team – she suffered no further issues!  She was a founding member of the MPS Black Police Association. In 1999 she joined the MPS’ newly formed Racial and Violent Crime Directorate and was one the unit’s leading figures in transforming the Met as it responded to the findings of the Lord Macpherson’s enquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence.

Yvonne was instrumental in overhauling policy and practice on domestic violence. She developed this work further into the previously untouched area of Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. At the time her work was ground breaking. She was recognised as a leading expert in the field both nationally and internationally, addressing the United Nations in 2003. In 2007 she received the Justice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Caring for Victims where it was acknowledged that her work had made changes to the way the police dealt with these difficult issues and in doing so had saved lives. She has worked with numerous partner agencies to further their understanding of violence against women and girls and the role they can play with the police.

She was acknowledged as a major contributor to joining up the responses to domestic violence and child abuse, and highlighting the different cultural barriers to be overcome in different BME communities. The last four years of her service has been spent on MPS’ Sapphire Command where she has investigated rape and serious sexual assault in North East London. She is regarded by her team and supervisors as a consummate professional. In the last few months she secured three successive guilty convictions for rape in separate Crown Court trials (particularly impressive given the attrition rate in rape trials) and on her last day in her team secured another rape charge.

She was made a MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours for her services to policing. The Met BPA marked Yvonne’s retirement with a press release stating, ‘Yvonne has been an inspiration to so many people and has influenced a generation’.


Lifeline Achievement  


Jackie Roberts


 ‘As one of the first female Chief Officers in Wales she has had considerable impact, because of her approachable and down to earth leadership style’.

Jackie is about to complete 30 years plus service as a police officer in all her ranks. As such she has been an inspiration and a role model to others. She has invested considerable commitment in supporting and developing the careers of other female staff encouraging them to achieve their full potential.

Jackie cemented this commitment by establishing the first Female Police Association (FPA) within South Wales. At the time South Wales Police had less than ten percent of their establishment being female officers which indicates the scale of the challenge in successfully raising its profile. The South Wales Police FPA are due to host the International Association for Women in Policing conference in Cardiff 2015 which is evidence of the legacy that Jackie started in terms of sustainability of the FPA and its development.  Jackie broadened this engagement to other forces, partner agencies and businesses and established an effective female support network across Wales where individuals could talk to each other, swap ideas and problem solve. Jackie took this further by developing mentoring more formally. Many of the senior female police officers in Wales today have benefitted from her advice, support and counsel including the first female Head of CID in Wales, whom she has supported through for the last 20 years.

Jackie, in her role as temporary Chief Constable faced one of the most demanding investigations ever seen in this country – the abduction and murder of April Jones. She demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in appointing an effective investigative command structure, providing the level of support for the SIO that allowed them to focus on their investigation as opposed to being swamped by the media.

She is the ACPO Cymru Lead for Diversity, a role to which she is hugely committed, driving forward on all strands to make a difference and ensure individual’s needs are met. Operationally she has also had a significant impact upon collaboration discussions in Wales – challenging the status quo to achieve the best possible outcomes for the force.

Most of all she cares passionately about policing and has demonstrated resilience and courage   in the face of diversity – personally and professionally – which, merely reinforces what she is about.



Officer of the Year

Sponsored by PMAS


PC Toni Love


‘…not been able to ignore her phenomenal work rate’

‘…the best constable that her line manager has had the honour of supervising’.

Toni’s line manager, Tracy noticed her commitment and dedication to South Yorkshire Police when she first started as a special constable, it was noticed that Toni worked more hours than any other special. Toni was always willing to attend incidents without hesitation. Toni has great work ethic, stamina and willingness to achieve results. Toni is always first at work considering she has five children at home.

Toni’s stats and attendance at incidents is by far the most on the district by all PC’s on this patrol team, demonstrating daily her professionalism and extremely high work ethic. From these incidents, Toni always uses every disposal available to her, ranging from arrest to an appropriate write off. Added to this is the fact Toni is the main officer used by special constables to sign them off as ‘safe and lawful’. This in turn assists the staffing upon the rota. Due to Toni and the SC’s assistance the District has maintained a consistent level of staffing and response times. Toni is without doubt the best constable that her line manager has had the honour of supervising.   It is believed that this award, at times is given to an officer who is pursuing promotion. This is not the case with Toni, she thoroughly deserves this award, as she is a highly motivated patrol officer who never complains, is always courteous and conducts her daily business whilst promoting South Yorkshire Police. Toni without a doubt is a supervisors dream! Despite PC Toni Love being on a different response team from PS Tracy Potter. She wanted to nominate her as Police Officer of the year. Since Toni began working at College Road, Tracy has not been able to ignore her phenomenal work rate. During the first nine months of 2012m she made 55 arrests when the average per response officer was 34. Between February and June 2012, she attended 349 incidents when the average number per officer was 115. The next best performing officer wrote off 204 incidents over the same period. She is extremely proactive to boot. Her keenness and dedication is evident in her performance figures. It is even more remarkable because she takes the time to mentor and develop so many special constables and has the patience and enthusiasm to do so. For her performance and work rate to be noticed by another team supervisor is truly remarkable.

Officer of the Year - Highly Commended



PC Stephanie Grayson


‘Stephanie is a prime example to young female officers that they can achieve these skills in the police service with hard work and dedication’.

Stephanie reported a violent robbery where the injuries sustained were so horrific the victim was unrecognisable. This investigation would normally sit with a specialist unit; however, Stephanie remained officer in the case gathering important evidence. She conducted a thorough investigation and was able to locate other suspects, recover overwhelming incriminating evidence and then interviewed all the suspects who were charged for robbery. She took the time and effort to sit with the victim to discuss the judicial process and remained in contact with the victim at all times, ensuring she was able to provide the best level of support

Stephanie is the most senior officer on the team and is continuously seen as the ‘go to person’ for advice both work and non-work related, she is the mother of the team with the wealth of knowledge. Stephanie joined the service over 15 years ago, and has achieved the highest levels of skills available to a PC. She is advanced police driver for over 10 years and held a level two Public Order qualification for over 12 years.

Stephanie is the lead mentor for new probationers and will design training programmes to ensure the new officer have the opportunity to cover different aspects of policing, from basic shop lifters to forensic awareness. Stephanie’s eye for detail and patience makes her the perfect candidate to train young, keen and impressionable probationers. The first officer they work with is PC Grayson, which will leave a lasting impression of the organisation in a positive light.

She has moved from a fast paced role of response team area car driver to a community focused role. This could have been difficult; however for Stephanie, it appeared to be a role fitted into naturally. The force receives constant feedback from local business and residents of the support Stephanie offers them. Not only focusing crime prevention, but helps build bridges between communities.





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