Warwickshire Police officers and staff honoured for bravery and achievements - The Rugby Observer

Warwickshire Police officers and staff honoured for bravery and achievements

FEATS of bravery and outstanding achievement from Warwickshire Police officers and staff have been recognised.

The force’s headquarters in Leek Wootton hosted the second of two Chief Superintendent’s and Director’s awards.

A new format – designed to ensure social distancing – allowed the ceremony to go ahead after the original event, which was set to take place earlier this year, had to be delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among the recipients was Police Staff Investigator Nicola Huckvale, who was recognised for her professionalism, empathy and compassion in her role as a Family Liason Officer in a double murder investigation in Rugby.




Following an investigation, a woman was sentenced to life in prison to serve at least 32 years after being convicted of killing her two daughters.

Commendations were also given to Rugby Proactive CID and the Offender Management Unit (OMU).


Detective Sergeants Alan Gardner and Heidi Twynham collected the award on the team’s behalf for their work in Operation Transfer – a complicated investigation involving the supply of Class A drugs.

Detective Sergeant Heidi Twynham.

As a result of five warrants being executed, a total street value of £3,500 of class A drugs were seized and the primary defendant was sentenced to more than six years in prison.

The team’s work resulted in an organised crime group being dismantled.

Crime intelligence analyst Katrina Moreton was also praised for her work, which enabled a number of suspects to be located and subsequently arrested as part of a joint force investigation involving an attempted murder in Leamington.

Other officers recognised at the event included Rural Crime Officer Carol Cotterill for her passion, enthusiasm and willingness to work with partners, Special Inspector Mark Caddick for his dedication to roads policing operations over the past year, and Detective Inspectors Todd Lomax and Chris Cook for their dedication as part of the North Warwickshire Proactive CID and Offender Management Team.

Sergeant Jack Zielinski was commended for his hard work and skill set in forming and maintaining an effective Mental Health Triage Team, Communications Officer Jot Shirley was commended for his strong leadership skills, Sergeant Paul Calver was commended for his efficiency, expertise, quick-thinking and actions, and Detective Sergeant Gareth Unett was praised for his leadership and ability to create a positive working environment.

Chief Superintendent Ben Smith said: “These awards have been given for the extraordinary efforts of individuals and teams across the force.

“They have displayed bravery, commitment and dedication to protecting people from harm and making our communities even safer and the officers and staff should be rightly proud of their actions. All the awards are incredibly well-deserved and it is an honour for me to be able to recognise these achievements.”

Four awards were handed out to staff members, including Head of Corporate Communications Kate Quilley, Head of Human Resources Alison Hall, Barbara Williams-Yeagers, and Communications Team Leader Sam Cook.

Director of Enabling Services Tania Coppola said: “Our aim is to provide the best possible service to our communities and workforce and each of the recipients has played a role in ensuring we continue to do just that.

“I am extremely proud of those who have received Director’s awards, particularly during a challenging period and would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for their hard work and commitment.”

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe added: “These awards are designed to recognise the extraordinary work of those who go above and beyond to help make our communities safer.

“Whether officers of staff, everyone has a part to play and it’s important we take the time to acknowledge and thank those hard-working professionals within the police service who dedicate their career to helping others.”

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