TWO Melksham-based Wiltshire Police employees were honoured at last month’s Wiltshire Police Force Awards.
Police sergeant Martin Alvis and criminal justice investigator Colin Parkinson-Hill, were both awarded the ‘Chief Constable’s Certificate of Excellence’.
Sergeant Alvis was recognised for his effort and commitment attending an incident in Malmesbury last year when a woman threatened to jump from the roof of her house.
Alongside police constable Holly Moffat from Swindon, sergeant Alvis spent 17 hours negotiating with the woman, who was eventually brought down to safety.
About the pair, a Wiltshire Police spokesperson said, “Sergeant Alvis and constable Moffat’s effort and commitment was outstanding. They embodied the values of Wiltshire Police, displaying huge amounts of personal responsibility, professionalism and teamwork, with the sole aim of helping to save life. Negotiators carry out their duties voluntarily and in addition to their day-to-day roles.”
Criminal justice investigator, Colin Parkinson-Hill, received his award for his work preparing the court file and assisting a police officer prepare for the court case of a suspect charged with the rape of a vulnerable young woman in Swindon town centre.
About Colin, a Wiltshire Police spokesperson said, “When the case came to court the defence made attempts to attack the police disclosure, these were quickly shutdown due to the hard work and diligence of Mr Parkinson-Hill.
“He is commended for his hard work and professionalism in dealing with the complexities of the case in order to bring about justice for a very vulnerable young woman, and is hereby awarded a Chief Constable’s Certificate of Excellence.”
Above: Colin Parkinson-Hill and Sergeant Martin Alvis with chief constable Mike Veale. Photos by Dominic Parkes.