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PC Gill wins officer of the year award

November 22, 2019
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A police officer who formed a human chain with his colleagues to save the life of a man who had jumped into the River Trent has been named as Police Officer of the Year at Nottinghamshire Police’s annual force awards.

Police Constable James Gill has been recognised for his heroic efforts at the annual force awards at the Albert Hall in Nottingham last night (Nov 21).

PC Gill has been at the forefront of the national televised documentary series ‘Bodycam Squad’ which has documented the good work of officers across the county this year.

In the past year he has attended a number of highly dangerous incidents, including when the man jumped into the fast flowing Nottingham river.

Whilst liaising with colleagues and gaining a rapport with the man, PC Gill managed to pull him out of the water and prevented him from being swept away.

He has also developed a bespoke search on the force system ‘Niche’ in order for him to identify outstanding suspects in the Gedling area, leading to a number of wanted people being caught and prosecuted.

Alongside this he played an instrumental role in Operation Scorpion – which tackled knife and drug crime in the Mansfield area.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Gedling Chris Pearson said: “I have been continually impressed by the outstanding commitment to response policing shown by PC Gill.

“Following the documentary, PC Gill is a real role model for the local community and champions the excellent work by response officers carried out across the force on a daily basis. His professionalism has been instrumental in increasing public confidence in the police by explaining the necessary action taken at incidents.

“I have received nothing but positive feedback from local partners and the community who have seen first-hand the quality of policing delivered in the Gedling Borough.

“He displays the force’s PROUD values on a daily basis and is a hard-working and positive officer.

“His work on Niche has allowed him to locate suspects and that work has been nothing short of relentless and he has been responsible for arresting many people for outstanding offences.”

“I am aware that in just over two months PC Gill along with his colleagues at Gedling have been responsible for arresting a large number of people that had been outstanding for offences in the or had failed to attend court.

“PC Gill’s enthusiasm for ‘Operation Scorpion’ has been excellent with him playing a key role in identifying nominals of interest in the Gedling Borough.

“It is this proactive approach that has motivated his younger in service colleagues who strive to deliver an equally excellent service to the public. PC Gill acts as a role model not only to his shift but to the wider organisation and I am extremely grateful for his contribution to policing in Gedling.

“I am extremely proud of PC Gill and his contribution to policing the Gedling area.”

PC Gill added: “I’m very pleased with this achievement which is a great honour, and it was great to celebrate the award with friends and family on the evening.

“I’m very grateful to work for the force and alongside my colleagues. Every day is a fresh challenge, but I’m confident that we can continue to make real strides in the community.”

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