Long-serving members of Northamptonshire Police have been recognised at the first night of the force’s annual awards.
Among the winners in the north of the county were Special Inspector Samantha Ryall, who covers the East Northants area.
She picked up the Commandant’s Cup for Special Constable of the Year for her work with the volunteer Special Constabulary, to which she dedicates about 16 hours a week – which she combines with final year study for an honours degree in crime and policing. She is also a single mum to two children.
“It’s a really good, worthwhile job,” SInsp Ryall said. “Obviously it’s nice to be recognised for the work you put in. It’s an honour to receive an award.”
Other winners were the team from Operation Scorpion, which investigated the murder of John Kiernan in Kettering in 2011. The team – DI Steve Woliter, DI Louise Hemingway, DC Jon Brinkman, DC Julia McInally and DC Dick Eady – had been commended by trial judge Mr Justice Henriques.
Kettering sector commander, Insp Matt Wright, picked up the leadership award for his work helping dyslexia sufferers in the force.
The second evening of awards, which are taking place at Northamptonshire Police’s Wootton Hall headquarters, takes place tonight (Tuesday, May 21).