Welwyn Hatfield police praised at awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 July 2013

Detective Sergeant Paul Charman

Detective Sergeant Paul Charman

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A DETECTIVE with 21 years' service at Herts Police says he still gets the same buzz from his job as he did when he started.

DS Paul Charman, who works in the major crime unit at the WGC police headquarters, was one of the officers honoured at a special ceremony.

He said: “It was a great honour.”

DS Charman has been serving for 21 years and still gets the same buzz as he did at the start.

“I get an awful lot of satisfaction, especially dealing with major crimes where you can make a real impact.

“It is about keeping the people safe.”

The greatest part of the 46-year-old’s night was inviting his son, Heath, up on stage.

He gave his second award, a medal of gratitude, to the five-year-old, who slept cuddling it that night.

“He took it into school the next day,” he said.

“It was just a fantastic night.

“He is very proud.”

Chief Inspector Richard Liversidge, 46, who is based at headquarters in WGC, also received an award to mark 20 years’ service.

Volunteer Special Constables were recognised for long service.

Special Inspector Simon Wintle, based in WGC, was recognised for nine years with the force.

Officers were also awarded Chief Constable’s Commendations.

Detective Constable Tracey Norris was honoured for her thorough and delicate handling of the investigation into a serious sexual assault case.

And commendations were given to officers and staff who worked on Operation Sacristy, which was the investigation into the murder of retired Lieutenant Colonel Riley Workman, 83, in Furneaux Pelham.

Detective Chief Superintendent Bill Jephson, who is based at Hatfield, and Assistant Investigator Ian Noble, who is based in WGC, were honoured.

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