British Association for Women in Policing 

Lifetime Achievement 2015

Awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to aspects of policing that encompass one or more of the existing award categories or makes an impact to a community or in the lives of others for a significant number of years.

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Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Scott, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

‘She is incredibly modest, always professional, kind and compassionate.  Sue has always gone above and beyond to help, coach and mentor people’. 

Sue makes an outstanding contribution to the organisation ensuring Avon & Somerset delivers their service promise to the public. She is a distinguished role model and has made a significant contribution to the advancement of women.  The outstanding thing about Sue is this is how she has been during her entire career in policing.  Her unwavering commitment to serving the public and the constabulary knows no bounds.  Her passion and dedication is evident and she is an amazing leader. She has overseen some of the most complex, challenging and culturally diverse critical incidents and investigated large organised crime groups as well as investigated crime in rural parts of the constabulary, all with great vigour and tenacity. Sue has worked her way up the ranks, and also had time to gain a Masters Degree from Bristol University.

Sue is an experienced Senior Investigating Officer leading some of the most high profile and challenging criminal investigations on behalf of the organisation including a high profile fatal shooting in Bristol.  She is the constabulary lead on Cyber Crime and recently been the talking head for a large media campaign within the South West.  She is passionate about developing staff and has worked alongside female chief officers on the Gender Agenda. Sue is open and honest about her professional and personal journey.  

Highly Commended 

Highly Commended, Retired Police Sergeant Debra Wood, Sussex Police

‘While Debra’s experiences have resonance for many female officer she took her experiences and used them to make this better for women joining the service after her’. 

Debra has worked as a police officer and volunteer with Sussex Police for over 30 years. She was awarded the Chief Constable's Commendation just 9 months after joining the service in setting up an major incident room following  IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel.

Throughout her service, Debra found herself in challenging situations in terms of gender equality being told she could not work in a busy town centre “because she was a woman” but after significant challenge she was given that beat.  After being commended, for carrying out what we now recognise as the Family Liaison role with no policies or strategy she went on to assist in the design of the Family Liaison Officers course. Debra has mentored female colleagues and has taken up the role of Chair of the Police Women’s’ network group.

On promotion to Sergeant at Gatwick airport Debra completed a review of Firearms looking particularly at the issues of inclusivity for people with protected characteristics.  It was observed that females and gay men where both very poorly represented.  Her report and subsequent recommendations have been part of the success in doubling the number of females on the airport firearms team. 

Debra has helped make a significant contribution in changing perception and attitude towards women and female officers. Today, although retired, she works in partnership with Sussex Police as the manager of the Link Visiting Team – a faith based charity offering befriending service for older people.  In addition, she continues to volunteer working to support the work of Evolve and until recently was on the BAWP committee.

Special Constable Patricia Denholm, Metropolitan Police

‘The work Pat has done during her career may hit the headlines, but her selfless dedication and humility deserves recognition as her commitment to Policing throughout her life has been outstanding’. 

Patricia joined the Metropolitan Police as a Cadet, aged 16.  She became a police constable aged 18, ‘as it was the only thing she had ever wanted to do’.  Pat has always worked as a uniformed officer, mainly on boroughs in South West London, and including a posting on the former Special Patrol Group, which was highly unusual for female officers in the early 1980s. 

Pat set up the Teddington Police Station Volunteers to staff the front counter in direct response to concerns from the local community.  She identified that many of the small independent retailers in Teddington were vulnerable to shoplifting due to being seen as easy targets.  She set up a shop-link radio scheme in Teddington High Street, which enabled retailers to communicate with each other and the local team.  This resulted in a significant reduction in shoplifting, particularly from the repeat offenders who had been targeting the area.

As well as the work Pat did for the community in Teddington, she was also a caring and supportive leader who helped to develop members of her team.  She took a particular interest in helping to develop the skills and confidence of the female PCSOs and officers, many of whom became PCs or took promotion.

After retiring Pat has become a Special Constable; she often patrols Teddington and continues to maintain her relationships with the community. 

The work Pat has done during her career may not have hit the headlines, but her selfless dedication and humility deserves recognition, as her commitment to Policing throughout her life has been outstanding

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