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Peterborough officers receive policing awards

Dear Resident,


We’re extremely proud of our policing team here in Peterborough, five of whom received awards as part of our Safer Cambridgeshire Annual Awards ceremony on Friday evening.


Named “Police Officer of the Year”, with three separate nominations, PC Guy Cunningham from our Eastern Peterborough Neighbourhood Policing Team, stood out as an exceptional police officer for consistently demonstrating his commitment and passion to the role of a neighbourhood policing officer and being incredibly proactive, always wanting to do a good job and get things done. Described as the definition of the ideal neighbourhood officer, Guy has a fantastic ability to build a rapport with anyone – helping to build trust and public confidence.


Pictured above from left to right: DC Stu Taylor (Police Federation representative who sponsored the award), PC Guy Cunningham and Chief Constable Nick Dean


Sergeant Sarah Phillips, also from our Eastern Peterborough Neighbourhood Policing Team, was named the winner of the “Commitment to Outstanding Leadership” award after the judges chose her for her unwavering commitment to strong leadership at all levels. With wellbeing at the heart of her leadership, Sarah leads by example, has a great work-ethic and is exceptionally supportive of her team. She sets extremely high standards, for herself and her colleagues, and is not afraid to get stuck in when others need support. Sarah is knowledgeable, caring, passionate but most importantly, the welfare of her officers is her number one priority, and she consistently goes above and beyond, and despite her own high workload, is always ready to put things aside to support her team and peers.


Pictured above from left to right: Sgt Sarah Phillips, representative from Marshall (who sponsored the award) and Chief Constable Nick Dean


Sally Selves works as part of our Business Support Unit at Thorpe Wood and was named winner of the “Commitment to Health and Wellbeing” award because of her support to our Welfare and Benevolent Fund committee, over and above her very busy role, and often in her own time. Sally demonstrates nothing but professionalism, confidentiality and integrity in her support of people going through a difficult time – making sure they know someone is thinking about them and is there to help. She is passionate about supporting the committee, and in turn officers and staff across the organisation. As well as organising events and celebrations for families and pensioners, she also deals with some highly sensitive personal issues for people. Through this work, Sally helps change people’s lives.


Pictured above from left to right: Sally Selves and Chief Constable Nick Dean


DC Stephanie Dunlop, who is part of our investigations department here in Peterborough, picked up the title of “Investigator of the Year” after receiving three separate nominations from her colleagues. Stephanie impressed the judges with her passion for investigating and safeguarding, seeking justice for victims of crimes, while making sure the correct people are held accountable for their actions. She volunteers for every job that comes in and her skillset and knowledge exceeds her years of service, as she regularly takes comprehensive and complex investigations in her stride. Her compassion is significant and she treats every victim as if a member of her family, being so diligent in her investigation that she always gets results. Stephanie’s positive mental attitude is infectious, she supports others and sets the benchmark high, boosting the morale of her team in an instant.


Pictured above from left to right: Representatives from The Garden Productions (who sponsored the award), DC Stephanie Dunlop and Chief Constable Nick Dean


PC Paul Gibson is our “Student Officer of the Year” 2023, winning the title for standing out because of the way he throws himself in at the deep end and volunteering to take on additional responsibility in areas where he knows he needs to improve, to ensure he provides the best service to the public. Joining policing at 42, his life experience shines through when dealing with members of the community and his commitment to becoming an incredible police officer is unparalleled. As a student officer, Paul performs exceptionally in his role, with a fantastic work ethic and always striving to perform to the best of his ability. Very often the first to call up to attend an incident, he is always on hand to assist his colleagues, ready to deploy wherever he is required without a moment’s notice to ensure his colleagues are safe. A fantastic start to his policing career!


Pictured above from left to right: PC Paul Gibson and Chief Constable Nick Dean


We’re so proud to have you has part of our team here in Peterborough, congratulations to you all!


You can read more about the awards and winners on our website here.


Kind regards,

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