Richmond's finest officers and people commended by police

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Detective Superintendent Debra Towns, Rhean Bhosa and the mayor Coun Jane Boulton Detective Superintendent Debra Towns, Rhean Bhosa and the mayor Coun Jane Boulton

Richmond's top cops were recognised with commendations at a ceremony this week.

The borough's hardest-working and bravest police were rewarded for their work at an event held in Imber Court, East Molesey, on Wednesday, June 11.

Among the reasons for nominations were the prevention of a suicide, services to the community and sensitivity in the role of family liaison officer.

Carole Atkinson received commendation for her outstanding contribution to the borough in a wide range of different roles.

Chief inspector Rhiannon Ivens, who nominated her, said: "Carole does all of these things entirely unpaid and is a true inspiration to all that have the pleasure of knowing her.

"I can only hope that one day I have the energy and desire to support my own community at even a tenth of the way that Carole supports hers when I have long since retired."

Margaret Warden, a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, was also nominated by Chief Insp Ivens for her ideas and support to police.

Chief Insp Ivens praised Ms Warden's diligence and quick-thinking with regard to a deceased man found in Twickenham last year.

Detective Constable Jo Hinchcliffe and Detective Constable Gary Smith were honoured for detective ability, diligence and tenacity in the solving of a complex crime.

In July 2012, they led an investigation into an allegation of GBH resulting from a dispute between rival minicab firms.

DC Hinchliffe and DC Smith were able to prove the allegation had been falsely made, resulting in three charges of perverting the course of justice.

The awards were not just limited to officers though, as Justin Lawton was honoured after preventing a suicide after getting off a bus in Barnes.

Police Constable Tobin Joint, who nominated Mr Lawton, said: "He happened to be getting off the bus in Barnes when he saw a female standing against the wall on a road bridge.

"Mr Lawton saw the female standing on the wrong side of the wall, the ledge side and not the pavement side, and so seeing that she was in danger he went over to her.

"Had Mr Lawton not acted immediately the female would have fallen on to the tracks and been severely if not fatally injured.

"It is no exaggeration to say he probably saved her life."

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