South Essex officers – including hero officer stabbed in Rayleigh – triumph in Essex Police Force Awards

Officers from across south Essex have collected gongs at the annual Essex Police Force Awards.

They included an officer from Rayleigh who was stabbed outside his own home earlier this year.

The officer – who is not being named – won the Wilson Trophy, awarded for the ‘outstanding act of the year’.

The officer received a standing ovation after the ceremony heard that, “despite his injuries, the officer did all he could to safeguard his family and neighbours and apprehend his alleged attacker.”

A local man is currently awaiting trial over the incident charged with attempted murder.

Other winners with south Essex connections included Eddie Clarke, who picked up the Outstanding Commitment award after working for the force for 52 years.

Mr Clarke started his police career in Southend in 1964, before Southend Police merged with Essex Police.

His career has included 22 years as an emergency planning officer, running major incident exercises.

He was also commended for ‘coming in on his days off’ to assist when there are major incidents, such as during the 2017 Jaywick floods.

Debra Knowler and Nick Allen, who work for the Criminal Justice Unit in Southend, collected the George Cook Trophy for ‘dedication to the public and partnership working’. The pair were recognised for their work monitoring offenders in the community after they received conditional cautions.

Marc Judd, head cadet at Castle Point and Rochford’s Volunteer Police Cadet Unit, won the Volunteer Police Cadet of the Year prize.

He was praised for his ‘professionalism and willingness to help others’.

A police spokesman said: “Just a few weeks ago, on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition, he carried a fellow cadet’s bag for several miles so that they could both finish the course.”

JoJo Mitchell, based in Thurrock, won PCSO of the Year after 13 years’ service. Colleagues said that in addition to leading Thurrock’s Police Cadets, Ms Mitchell went ‘above and beyond’ to ‘maintain a visible presence’ in the local community, but also keep locals informed by sharing updates on social media.

Essex Police said she was one of the first officers in the community to start using social media for community relations.

Charles Thomson

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