TWO certificates were presented to Warwickshire Police today (Thursday), to show appreciation of the force's support for enabling its staff to undertake military service.
Insp Lucy Sewell, who is a captain in the Territorial Army Officer, of 867 Queens Own Warwickshire Worcestershire Yeomanry Signal Troop, in New Broad Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, was deployed to Helmand Province, in Afghanistan, with 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards, for six months last year, to work alongside her Regular Army counterparts.
As reported by the Herald in November, Insp Sewell who was at Stratford Police Station for 11 years, combined her police and army experience in a role within the Police Mentoring and Advisory Group.
During her tour of duty, she visited several police stations and check points, held Shuras (meetings) with station and checkpoint commanders and conducted training with her Afghan Police counterparts, including weapons handling, first aid, searching people and other policing skills.
Sylvia Parkin from Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers (Sabre) presented Deputy Chief Constable Neil Brunton with a certificate to show appreciation of the force's support of all members of staff who are reservists.
Ms Parkin said: "Warwickshire is an excellent supportive force, committed to making it possible for members of staff to fulfil their military service. Sabre works with employers to help them support their staff, and it is great to see that support in action."
DCC Brunton also received a certificate from the TA from Capt Chris Cherry, who is also a serving police officer in a neighbouring force.
DCC Brunton added: "It's great that we have been able to support Lucy in this and to support the country. She has been able to use her military skills in her police work and her policing skills during her military deployment in Afghanistan. It's a win, win situation.”
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