WHEN police from Hailsham and Uckfield went to arrest a man caught shoplifting they found members of the public sitting on him to restrain him while waiting for official help.
The Neighbourhood Policing Team from Hailsham and response officers from Uckfield received an Excellence in Partnership Award at the recent East Sussex Divisional Awards Ceremony for bringing to justice the man who violently resisted arrest.
The arrest took place over Christmas and was deemed a ‘real display of Christmas spirit and care for others by both the members of the public and the officers involved’.
PCSO Ali Bond, one of the award winners said: “I hope it does not sound like a cliché, but it is all in a day’s work serving the residents of Sussex.”
The award was just one of those presented at the ceremony at the East Sussex National Golf Club and Spa in Uckfield on May 2.
Awards also went to Chief Inspector Dick Coates for his outstanding leadership during the recent murder investigation of Darren Croxton in Hailsham.
PCSO Steve Carter from Lewes received an award for outstanding frontline service.
He saved a cyclist who had collapsed at the side of the road.
The cyclist said: “Every thought I have and every activity I complete in resuming a normal life are a constant reminder of how vital their actions were.
“I can’t even attempt to put into words the gratitude and feelings I have for those involved.”
As well as awards for officers there were also several for members of the public who had shown incredible bravery and thought of others before themselves.
East Sussex Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Robin Smith said how highly he rated the event: “The Divisional Awards for me are the highlight of the policing year.
“They are a real opportunity to celebrate the amazing work of officers and staff in East Sussex Division and their commitment to offering the highest standard of service to the community.”