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1st Jul, 2022

Rugby police officers honoured for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty

BRAVE and dedicated police officers in Rugby have been commended by Warwickshire Police for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty.

Three officers in Rugby were among officers, staff and volunteers who were recognised at a special awards ceremony at the force’s Leek Wootton headquarters.

Ch Insp Darren Webster was commended for his role as firearms commander as part of Operation Heddle in November 2020. Warwickshire Police said his leadership skills, professionalism and decision-making made sure an event in Rugby which ‘had the potential for severe disorder’ passed without incident.

The ‘quick-thinking, proactive’ work of PC Chris Batchelder was also highlighted during the ceremony. Out on patrol in Rugby in April 2021, PC Batchelder noticed a suspicious vehicle, which led to the arrest of a man who was wanted by numerous forces in connection with more than 20 thefts relating to catalytic converters.

And Det Cons Alex Brown was praised for his response to a report of items being stolen from a trailer on Castle Mound Way in Rugby in January 2020. DC Brown and another colleague were involved in a lengthy foot chase over dark and muddy fields before arresting two suspects.

Det Ch Supt Suzanne Baker and Ch Supt Emma Bastone said: “In spite of the challenges thrown at them during the pandemic, one thing that has remained consistent is the commitment of our officers, staff, specials and volunteers to ensuring the force’s vision and values are implemented.

“They have carried on in the face of adversity – some even moving away from their families to keep on doing the job – all with the ultimate aim of catching criminals, bringing people to justice and keeping our communities safe.

“We heard about incredible feats of bravery and impressive operational outcomes as well as great partnership working, support for the most vulnerable members of our community and a host of other remarkable achievements.

“We are immensely honoured to be able to acknowledge these individuals and present awards in recognition of the devotion they have shown to protecting our communities from harm.”

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