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The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has thanked a number of police officers, volunteers and members of the public who have made an outstanding contribution to keeping Shropshire’s communities safe.

14 people received commendations at an awards ceremony, attended by the Commissioner.

These include:

  • Rachel Lawson, a member of the public and a trained workplace first aider who received two Royal Humane Society Awards, after performing CPR on stabbing victim Michael Warham who she found collapsed outside her home.
  • PC Henry King-Salter, an officer who used his initiative to apprehend the suspect of a series of armed robberies in Oswestry, catching him red handed with the stolen goods. The offender was sentenced to 21 months in prison.
  • PC Kevin Roberts for his dedication to keeping Shrewsbury Town Centre safe at night time.
  • PC Alice Davies, for her determination, resilience and sound decision making skills when giving CPR to the victim of a motorcyle collision.
  • Those who delivered the extremely successful Homeless Outreach Street Triage (HOST) project, and significantly reduced the numbers of people sleeping on the streets locally. Notable successes included securing accommodation for a man aged 70 who had been homeless for 40 years.
  • Sergeant Darren Stacey for his outstanding work around missing people, which has made West Mercia Police a national leader in this area.
  • Special Constable’s Georgina Barnes who is valued by her colleagues as shift member, volunteering her time, with professionalism, commitment and tenacity.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said “It was an honour to attend these awards and to see the outstanding contribution by these and all the other award winners. On behalf of our communities, I’d like to thank the award winners all those individuals who go above and beyond to make West Mercia a place that is safe and feels safe. It’s important to remember that there are individuals behind the police uniform, who volunteer their time to do incredible things and I want to ensure that they get the recognition they deserve.”

Issued: Wednesday 21st March 2018