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Detective wins double award at annual ceremony

November 22, 2019
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A detective who has been the driving force behind the investigation of numerous serious and complex fraud cases has been honoured for her work By Nottinghamshire Police.

Detective Sergeant Susan Howell was awarded both Police Officer Lifetime Achievement award and Police Federation National Detective Forum (PFNDF) award at the annual ceremony on 21 November 2019.

The award held at the Albert Hall, Nottingham recognised the hard work and dedication of officers, staff and volunteers at the annual ceremony.

DS Howell is a long serving officer, who not only has been credited with investigating numerous serious and complex fraud cases; she is also leading efforts to change how colleagues think about the offence.

She also provided training and support to officers and initiated and supported the National Economic Crime Victims Care Unit (NECVCU) which assesses any on-going vulnerability and the delivery of protection advice.

DS Howell has also successfully applied for and secured her position on what was the former Fraud Squad, she achieved her PIP2 accreditation and was subsequently promoted in the role. She undertook an Open University degree in Law and achieved a first and also fulfilled an ‘acting’ Detective Inspector role whilst on fraud.

Inspector Yvonne Dales said: “Her work ethics are of the highest standard, her skills and abilities matched by her tenacious and determined approach.

“Thanks to DS Howell, the NECVCU initiative combined with her other work around the protection of fraud victims is showing clear signs that victims are a lot less trusting of cold callers. This should reduce workloads and demand experienced by detectives.

“Her kind, caring, confident and enthusiastic personality has done wonders in terms of bringing out the best in her team and others.”

“She is an excellent ambassador for Nottinghamshire Police and a valuable asset for the fraud department.”

Federation Chairman for Nottinghamshire Mark Petrovic said: “She’s been award the PFNDF award after her outstanding professionalism and unwavering dedication and commitment to fellow colleagues.

“She has consistently impressed by her loyalty and eagerness to want to support and develop others.

DS Howell added: “I want to must thank those who nominated me. I’m really proud and humbled to win both awards. It was fantastic to celebrate with friends and family. I really enjoy the work, and having the opportunity to protect some very vulnerable people within the community. I’ve been lucky to work with some very dedicated and talented people within the team.”

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