Two detectives have received awards for helping to bring a former doctor who sexually abused children, in Crowborough and Eastbourne, to justice.
They were among more than 50 officers and staff who were commended for their outstanding work investigating some of the most sensitive and complex cases and helping to safeguard vulnerable people.
Detective Constable Tina Baptista and Detective Constable Katy Hartley were commended for their tireless work in relation to a complex investigation into historic allegations of sexual assault. In December, Sivaguru Narendran, known as Dr John Narendran, 78, of Sackville Road, Hailsham was found guilty of 13 counts of indecent assault in December. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison for abusing young boys while he worked at The Horder Centre and Eastbourne District General Hospital.
The officers and staff, as well as colleagues from other agencies, were recognised at a special ceremony for their bravery, professionalism and determination while working as part of the Public Protection Command. Several members of the public also received awards at the ceremony which took place at the County Cricket Ground in Hove.
Chief Superintendent Jayne Dando said:
Our officers and staff protect some of the most vulnerable people across Sussex. We work closely with partners and other police teams to protect both children and adults who are vulnerable through domestic abuse, sexual abuse or because of their mental health or circumstance. We also have strategic force responsibility for working with other agencies in the management of some of the most dangerous offenders in Sussex.
It is an increasingly complex and challenging area of work, and the demand is growing all the time, but it can also be highly professionally satisfying.
Our work is usually unseen by the general public, but although we do not wear uniform or patrol the streets we are still very much at the front line of operational policing.
Much of what my teams do involves exposure to some of the most distressing and challenging personal situations, whether with victims or offenders, in our society.
I am very proud of the dedication and resolute professionalism that our officers and staff show every day.
Detective Constable Amy Pooley and Specialist Case Worker Jenny Bristow were also recognised for their hard work and dedication in relation to an investigation into historic allegations of sexual assaults at a children’s home in the 1970s and 80s.
For a variety of legal and personal reasons, it is not possible to report publicly on many of the other awards at this time.
Anyone who is the victim of such offences, or knows anyone who is, can contact Sussex Police online or by calling 101 and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced investigators.