Officers from across West Essex were recognised at a special ceremony for going above and beyond the call of duty to help protect people in the local community.
The event, which took place at Tyrells Hall, Grays, saw officers receive commendations from Chief Superintendent Andy Mariner in front of friends, family and local residents.
Those who attended the event heard stories of outstanding performance, bravery and commitment in the face of challenging circumstances.
Two Detectives were commended for their role in an operation to tackle modern slavery. DC Kelly Fisher and DI David Browning worked around the clock to gather vital information and build an intelligence picture. Following the execution of a successful warrant, the team received positive feedback from partners for their logistical support, preparation and management of resources.
Twelve officers were praised for their investigative work following an aggravated burglary. The Senior Investigating Officer and Crime Scene Manager commented on how impressed they were with the preservation of the crime scene and the fast track enquiries which helped identify a number of suspects.
Police Community Support Officer Billy Page was commended for his vigilance and quick-thinking whilst off duty. PCSO Page was out and about when he spotted a man acting suspiciously; after running a number of checks, he quickly established that the man was wanted. Following a number of reports of suspected theft, the officer provided a statement and seized CCTV that led to an arrest.
Four Police Community Support Officers were recognised for their professionalism and bravery in very difficult circumstances. The team were on a break when they were alerted to a suspected domestic incident. They acted quickly to safeguard the victim and worked together to detain a suspect at the scene.