Police officers and staff from across Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan have been commended for their outstanding displays of bravery, commitment and professionalism.
More than 60 people were recognised by Chief Superintendent Alun Morgan, the divisional commander for Central BCU, at an awards ceremony which was held in Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel in Bridgend on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
They were each presented with certificates of commendation by Chief Supt Morgan for their bravery, displays of compassion, commitment and professionalism throughout the past 18 months.
Joining the Chief Supt to congratulate the award winners were Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Gilmer, former divisional commander of Central BCU Chief Superintendent Stuart Parfitt, along with special guests – coach for Wales women’s rugby Rowland Phillips and Jon Phillips from St John Cymru.
Chief Supt Alun Morgan, said: “I am honoured to share and acknowledge the excellent work and professionalism of officers, staff and volunteers across Central BCU. They are a credit to South Wales Police, a credit to Central BCU, our communities and their families.
“Every day, police officers and PCSOs go to work ready to help others, often having to put themselves on the line in order to do so. They do it because they care – they do extraordinary jobs and they do it very well.”
Those commended include officers who took action in preventing people attempting to take their own lives and officers who carried out life-saving CPR.
They also include officers whose investigations have helped secure lengthy convictions for child sex offenders and fraud convictions for defendants who targeted elderly female shoppers.
The team of detectives behind operation Red Hercules were recognised for their efforts in securing convictions against a drugs gang. A two-year investigation which began with the routine search of a grandmother while she was visiting her son in a prison resulted in the imprisonment of 14 people from across the UK for more than 36 years.
Five PCs were recognised for their professionalism and bravery in apprehending an agitated man armed with a knife in Barry. Police Support Volunteer Howard Clemo was also presented with a special glass plaque to celebrate his dedication in working for the past 10 years as a volunteer within Central BCU.
Mr Morgan added: “Each year, there is never of a shortage of candidates who deserve to be commended, so I would like to congratulate each and every one of them, and reassure local communities across the region that they have a fine team of police officers, PCSOs and police staff who work hard to keep them safe.”