Nominations open for Detectives’ Awards

02 March 2018

Karen Stephens, Secretary of Police Federation National Detectives’ Forum

Karen Stephens, Secretary of Police Federation National Detectives’ Forum (PFNDF)

The work of outstanding detectives will be recognised at this year’s Police Federation National Detectives’ Forum (PFNDF) annual awards.

Nominations open today (2 March) and close on 25 May. Those who make the shortlist will find out whether they are successful at the awards on Thursday 11 October, at a venue to be confirmed.

PFNDF Secretary Karen Stephens, said the awards showcase the very best of detective policing throughout England and Wales. She added: “They are an opportunity for us to shout about everything that is good about detective policing and to give credit where it is due. So I would encourage anyone who knows of an individual or a team doing exceptional work in service of the public, who perhaps deserves that extra recognition, to take a moment to nominate them.”

The awards form part of a two-day seminar for detective representatives, organised by our National Detectives’ Forum. The categories include New Trainee Detective, Services to Detectives, Smarter Detective and Investigation of the Year.

Last year’s winners included a team from Thames Valley Police who tracked down members of an organised crime group which had profited in the region of £1billion from mass corruption, blackmail, conspiracy to defraud, fraudulent trading and money laundering. Their painstaking work won Investigation of the Year and brought to end the criminal activity of the gang who had targeted small businesses across the UK, robbing victims of their livelihoods and homes.

This year’s nominees will also follow in the footsteps of the national Services to Detectives Award joint winners, T/Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Cunliffe, who dealt with the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing, and Detective Inspector Steven Nelson from Essex Police, who helps forces to improve victim support in child abuse cases. And T/DCI Julie Henderson and Acting Sergeant Jason Hall from the Metropolitan Police who scooped the Smarter Detective Award for their innovative work in developing new technology to improve the forensic sampling of footwear.

Detective Constable Emma Kunne from Leicestershire Police won last year’s New Trainee Detective of the Year Award for her work in the aftermath of a murder within a community where tensions were high, acting as the family liaison of the deceased.

To find out more about the awards ceremony and how to nominate, please visit the Detective Awards webpage.