From a dramatic rooftop rescue, to the brave capture of a knife-wielding robber - there was plenty to celebrate at the Chief Constable's Awards.
Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney had the honour of celebrating the bravery, professionalism and dedication of officers and staff at a special ceremony in Netley.
Two courageous members of the public were also honoured for helping to stop an armed robber who had targeted a shopper.
Chief Constable Pinkney said: “It has been wonderful to hear these stories of such bravery and dedication and we, in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, are very lucky to have these officers and staff protecting our communities.
“It is also reassuring to hear about the selfless actions of Mr Bicknell and Mr Jones, demonstrating the strength of community spirit and how strangers can come together to help someone in need.
“It has given me great pleasure to present these much-deserved awards.”
John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, added: “It is so important that we recognise and celebrate acts of exceptional police bravery.
“We have seen officers commended for incredible acts of bravery which without doubt saved a woman’s life, we have also seen members of the public intervene in an armed robbery, which resulted in the offenders being caught and sent to prison.
“Every day across the country, police officers will perform acts of bravery, show compassion in times of despair and be a reassuring figure for those in times of need. The officers and members of the public recognised by receiving these awards should be very proud as we are of them.”
Some of those who received awards are detailed below.
Chief Constable Commendations
Deborah Allmey-Ayes, Terry Bicknell and Nathan Jones
These three members of the public demonstrated outstanding bravery when confronted with an armed robber.
Deborah Allmey-Ayes was in Lidl car park in Bordon, on July 1, 2016, putting her shopping into her car when she was approached from behind by a man with a knife.
He tried to snatch her handbag off her shoulder and when that didn’t work he used a knife to cut the strap.
She screamed for help and then chased the robber, catching up with him and struggled with him to get her bag back, despite the fact he had a knife.
Upon hearing her screams for help Terry Bicknell and Nathan Jones, who just happened to be passing by, sprang into action.
Terry launched himself at the knife-wielding robber, grabbing him and taking him to the ground.
Nathan immediately pinned the robber’s legs to the floor, at which point he saw the large kitchen knife and quickly grabbed it.
As both men restrained the robber they called 999 and kept him detained until officers arrived.
Ashley Austin was charged with robbery and possession of a bladed article. He pleaded guilty and was jailed for four years and six months.
All three were awarded Chief Constable Commendations for outstanding bravery, community spirit and selfless action.
PC Colin Kirby, response and patrol Cosham, PC Guy Hall, from the dog support unit and Special Constable Joseph Honey, from Southsea
These officers have been honoured after saving the life of a woman in a dramatic rooftop rescue.
On May 21, 2016, we received a call from a member of the public who could hear a woman screaming and a man shouting “give me your hand or you will die”.
The officers arrived at the scene in Kingston Road, Fratton, where they could see a distressed woman who had jumped out of the skylight from the top floor flat of a three story building.
Seeing the danger that she was in and knowing that any fall from that height could be fatal, the officers forced their way into the building.
As they reached the top floor the woman was hanging from the guttering and her friend was struggling to hold onto her arm.
PC Kirby lifted himself onto the frame of the skylight so that he could reach the woman and shouted for PC Hall to hold his legs.
He grabbed the woman’s hand and started to pull her back towards the skylight and SC Honey managed to get hold of her arm, pulling her back through the skylight to safety.
These officers received Chief Constable Commendations for their bravery and selfless actions.
SC Honey said: "I'm really grateful for receiving this award from the Chief Constable and pleased that we were able to make a difference to the young lady on that evening. There is so much in policing that is viewed negatively, so I think it's amazing to see stories around the good work we do being shared, and look forward to seeing more."
PC Hall added: "It is nice to be recognised for what we did that day. However, we don’t do these things for recognition, it is all part of our job and I am just happy that we were able to help that woman to safety."
Chief Constable Congratulations
Operation Zanzibar team - Detective Inspector David Jackson, Detective Sergeant Wayne Jackson, Detective Sergeant Andy Spooner, Detective Constable Victoria Wilkes, Detective Constable Amy Speed and police staff investigator Henry Chung
Thanks to the highest level of professionalism and dedication demonstrated by this team of officers during an extremely complex case, a woman is behind bars for trying to kill her own sister to cover up thousands of pounds worth of fraud.
Cathy Bartlett, from Fawley, was jailed for 25 years in December 2015 for the attempted murder of her sister by setting fire to a flight of stairs which led to her bedroom, in April 2015.
Her motive was to cover up the fraudulent transactions she had made which had seen her sister lose £96,000.
This was a significant investigation which generated large amounts of material from more than 100 witnesses, bank accounts, mobile phone and computer data and countless forensic examinations.
The strong leadership of DI David Jackson as senior investigating officer and DC Wayne Jackson, as deputy senior investigating officer has been credited for helping to secure the conviction within eight months.
While the attention to detail and investigative efforts of the team were hailed for ensuring this complicated case was solved.
Long Service and Good Conduct Medals 1996
Sgt Colin Bulpett – Mental health response and diversion
DC Dermot McBride – CID Fratton
DC Theresa Montgomery – Economic Crime Unit, Netley
D/Supt Justin Norris – Scientific services, Southampton
D/Insp Neil Cripps – South East Regional Organised Crime Unit
DCI Amanda Horsburgh
PC Paul Boulton – Marine Unit
PC Karen Stevenson – Roads policing unit
Special Constabulary Long Service Medal
SC Laurence O’Toole – Basingstoke
SC Michael Elkins – Lymington
SC Joshua Horder – Ringwood
SC Paul Rayner – Ringwood
Police Staff Long Service Certificates
Roger Cooke – Station enquiry officer Southampton
Terry Lewis – driver training
Paula Hunt – Criminal Justice Unit