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Humbled leading officer pays tribute to individuals' bravery at Havering Police's commendation ceremony

PUBLISHED: 13:13 04 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:13 04 November 2016

The Havering Police Awards at the Upminster Rugby Club.

The Havering Police Awards at the Upminster Rugby Club.

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Family and friends heard inspiring stories about some of the borough's bravest, most dedicated and quick-thinking police officers - many of whom had risked their lives in order to protect others.

It was part of Havering Police’s commendation ceremony, which celebrates the actions of officers and the general public in the fight against crime.

Stories of officers going above and beyond what is expected of them during the past two years were recalled.

The packed hall of guests, which included Mayor of Havering Cllr Philippa Crowder, heard about officers chasing men armed with machetes, talking down a suicidal individual threatening to jump from a 60m height and those who had entered a house fire and evacuated family members out.

Ch Supt Jason Gwillim spoke about his pride as the borough’s commander.

He said: “It’s important that on one day of the year we recognise all the exceptional work that our police officers, support staff and even members of public do.

“It’s extremely humbling and makes me proud to be part of the police force when you hear of all these people going above and beyond the line of duty.

“Most importantly, it’s really powerful when you hear about the actions of people that will have saved someone’s life.”

The mayor said she was blown away by the officers excelling in their line of work.

“It’s amazing to hear the stories of officers today and I would like to take my hat off to everyone who see their acts of bravery as just another day in the job,” said Cllr Crowder.

“I would like to congratulate everyone here today and everyone who contributes to the police force on a daily basis.

“I am not sure I could do the job they do, it’s amazing as Havering’s first citizen to know what fantastic people we have in this borough.”

Romford’s town centre police teams were also rewarded for their ongoing effort to keep the public safe and the numerous awards they have received for reducing crime rates.

The officers on the teams work four night shifts every two weeks dealing with incidents such as serious assault and rape.

In 2009/10, Romford town centre had the highest rate of violence with injury of all Metropolitan centres in the capital.

But after a concentrated effort, levels of violence have since

fallen year on year, with the

team reaching the final stage

of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s last awards.

Ch Supt Gwillim was also keen to recognise the support of family and friends in attendance in his closing address.

He said: “Let’s not forget the people here today that are supporting our officers.

“You are the ones that sit up all hours of the night wondering whether your loved one will return home safe and sound.

“I am sorry for all the birthdays they miss, all the anniversaries and all the evenings out which they should be at.

“I would like to thank you all for lending them to us.”

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