Nottinghamshire Police Awards - bravery takes centre stage

Acts of courage, bravery and professionalism by police officers, police staff and members of the public were showcased at Nottinghamshire Police’s annual awards, sponsored by Nottingham Trent University, Capita and Capital One.

Around 350 guests attended the event at the Albert Hall in Nottingham including Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Chris Eyre, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, Vice Lord-Lieutenant Col Tim Richmond and High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire Graham Cartledge.

A wide variety of awards were presented including Chief Constable’s commendations, the Police Officer of the Year Award and the Ged Walker Award.

Donovan Snape of Basford was awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation for helping two police officers chasing a man sought following a domestic assault.

Mr Snape caught the man single-handedly before frog-marching him back to the officers where he was arrested.

Mr Snape said: “I’m not someone who is happy to be a bystander.”

PC Mark Szeremeta was also awarded a Chief’s Commendation. PC Szeremeta was trying to assist a man who had threatened suicide when he was hit in the face with a vodka bottle. Despite his injuries he pursued his attacker and was able to secure an arrest.

PCs John Hollis and Jemma Sturman received a Chief Constable’s Commendation after confronting a man brandishing knives on a Nottingham street and successfully making an arrest without anyone coming to harm.

PCs Amanda Renshaw and Steve Pridmore received the Ged Walker Award for their actions in trying to save the life of a badly injured man at an address in Elkesley in December 2012.