Welwyn Hatfield officers and residents scoop police awards

PUBLISHED: 19:38 27 April 2017 | UPDATED: 19:38 27 April 2017

Welwyn Garden City-based DC Melanie Cotte (second from left) after receiving her award.

Welwyn Garden City-based DC Melanie Cotte (second from left) after receiving her award.


Several Welwyn Hatfield police officers and members of the public had their contributions recognised at an awards evening.

The Chief Constable’s awards ceremony was held in the Welwyn Garden City headquarters, where Detective Constable Melanie Cotte, based in Welwyn Garden City, was awarded for 21 years’ service, while Detective Constable Daniel Bardwell, based at Hatfield, was awarded for his role in a drugs bust.

DC Bardwell was among officers who confronted a man with a knife, sustaining a small wound to his hand in the process, before the offender escaped.

However, the officers’ quick thinking resulted in a DNA examination of a cigarette, which eventually led to the offender being arrested.

Also recognised was member of the public John Donnelly, who provided CPR following a collision in Welwyn Hatfield, before paramedics eventually used a defibrillator to restore the man’s pulse and take him to hospital.

In a separate incident, Potters Bar and Shenley Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant Noel Buckley and PC Hollie Cannon sprang into action, using their training to help save the life of a woman found collapsed in Potters Bar.

The woman, aged in her 50s, had suffered a cardiac arrest in her home. The pair borrowed a neighbour’s ladder and climbed through an upstairs window.

Sgt Buckley assisted a paramedic and together they brought woman back to life, but tragically she died 12 hours later in hospital.

Addressing the audience, Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “These awards recognise occasions when police officers, police staff and members of the public have acted in an outstandingly courageous or resourceful manner, over and above what could be expected of them.

“All of our recipients are exceptional people, and this is their special occasion.

“I do hope that you share me and my chief officers’ sense of pride and admiration for those who step forward to receive their well-deserved accolades.

“This event is both a celebration of those who have gone the extra mile and an opportunity to say a big thank you to family and friends who offer such fantastic support.”

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