Police officers involved in Arek Jozvik killing presented with commendations

TEN officers and one staff member have been awarded by our Chief Constable for helping lock away criminals for sexual assaults and for saving the lives of vulnerable people.

On Friday, October 19, proud family members and special guests gathered at a ceremony at Essex Police Headquarters in Chelmsford to celebrate their actions of bravery and courageousness. Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington awarded the individuals, at his first commendations ceremony as the new Chief Constable, with a commendation which is one of the highest honours a Chief Constable can give.

In August 2016, DCI Martin Pasmore, DI Daniel Stoten, DC Paul Keaney, DS Richard Trower and Sylwia Kasza were involved in an investigation into the manslaughter of a Polish man.

The detectives and Sylwia worked relentlessly to secure evidence and supported the victim’s family to get the justice they served. The suspect was found guilty following trial and received a custodial sentence.

Slywia stepped out of her normal role and used her first language, polish, to liaise and reassure the victim’s family.

Martin, Daniel, Paul, Richard and Sylwia were commended for their outstanding commitment, professionalism and resilience throughout the investigation.

Addressing the group, Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington said:

“At my first commendation ceremony as Chief Constable, we are celebrating ordinary individuals taking extra-ordinary steps to help save the lives of others, protect the vulnerable and keep the people of Essex safe.

“It might be what our officers, staff and volunteers do on a daily basis but their actions are courageous and I take great pride in being able to award them.”

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